Mexican prosecutors obtained an arrest warrant for a friend of a North Carolina woman who was found dead last month while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, and on Thursday described the death as the result of a “direct attack.”
Shankila Robinson, 25, was traveling with college friends from Winston-Salem State University when she was found dead at a vacation rental, her father, Bernard Robinson, said.
Robinson, along with six friends, arrived in Mexico on Oct. 28, according to a statement released Thursday by Mexican prosecutors who are working on extradition proceedings with their country’s attorney general and foreign ministry.
The prosecution said the evidence showed the death resulted from a “direct attack, not an accident”, and included one of the victim’s girlfriends.
Mexican officials did not name the suspect but confirmed she was a US citizen believed to be in the United States. No one has been charged in the case, and authorities have not released the names of Robinson’s friends.
CNN has reached out to the US State Department, the FBI, and the US Department of Justice for comment.
The process to extradite the suspect is under way, Daniel de la Rosa, the prosecutor of Mexico’s Baja California Sur, told local media Wednesday.
“There is already an arrest warrant issued for the crime of female homicide on behalf of the victim and against a friend of hers, who is responsible for these acts,” de la Rosa said on Wednesday.
De la Rosa said the death was not the result of a “fight” but of “direct aggression by this person”.
“We are already carrying out all the relevant procedures, whether in the Interpol file or the extradition request,” he said.
Robinson spoke with her mother, Salamondra, on the phone on the morning of Oct. 28, her father told CNN last week. US and Mexican authorities said that Shanquilla Robinson was found the next day dead during her vacation rental.
The cause of death was “severe spinal cord injury and atlas dislocation,” which is instability or excessive movement of the upper neck vertebrae, according to a copy of the death certificate obtained by CNN affiliate WBTV. The document states that she was found unconscious in the living room of the rented accommodation on October 29.
The death certificate classified Robinson’s death as “accidental or violent”, stating that the approximate time between injury and death was 15 minutes.
Video posted online shows a physical altercation inside a room between Robinson and another person. It is not clear when the video was taken or if it depicts the moment she was fatally wounded.
Bernard Robinson confirmed to CNN that Robinson was seen in the video being thrown to the ground and hit on the head.
It is unclear what led to the altercation or how many people were in the room at the time. It is also not clear if anyone attempted to intervene.
The FBI’s Charlotte Field Office has opened an investigation into Shankella Robinson’s death, it confirmed Friday.
Her father said a week ago that her family had been waiting for more information from friends and the Mexican authorities.
“You took the only jewel out of me,” he told CNN over the phone. “She put a big hole in my heart. The only thing I can do is fight for her; I can’t let her die in vain.”