Shanquella Robinson's funeral planned as parents vow to find truth behind her mysterious death
Robinson, 25, was found dead in San Jose del Cabo where she had traveled with six friends on October 28 for a vacation
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Shanquella Robinson, the 25-year-old hairdresser, will be laid to rest this weekend after her trip to Cabo ended in her death, RadarOnline.com reports. A wake will be held in her honor from 11 a.m. to noon on Nov 19. The funeral will then be held at Macedonia Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. As WSOC-TV reports, it will be open to the public.
Following the mysterious circumstances of Robinson's death, her death is currently being considered an "isolated criminal matter" After Robinson's friends claimed she suffered alcohol poisoning, her mother Salamondra believesa crime may have been committed. Salamondra revealed in an interview that an autopsy she subsequently ordered revealed that her daughter's death was caused by a "broken neck" and that "her spine in the back was cracked."
On October 28, Robinson traveled to San Jose del Cabo, a tourist town on the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. According to Robinson's parents, who recently spoke with WSOC-TV, they were staying in a rented villa in Fundadores, a posh residential area with vacation homes and a private beach club. Robinson was found unconscious in the living room of a home on Padre Kino Avenue near the Fundadores Beach Club in San Jose del Cabo. This is according to the autopsy report from the Mexican Secretariat of Health and the death certificate for Robinson, obtained by ABC News on Nov 4.
Robinson was shockingly seen in a recently leaked video being repeatedly struck by a woman who appeared to be one of her travel companions while Robinson was naked. It's unclear exactly when the video was shot, but a man who looked to be filming the assault could be heard shouting, "Can you at least fight back?"
Justice for Shanquella Robinson 💔💔 !!!! WATCH WHO YOU CALL YOUR FRIENDS! A snippet of what TRULY happened in mexico foh . alcohol poisoning my ass!! THAT IS Daejane Jackson fighting her !!!#shanquellarobinson #justiceforshanquella pic.twitter.com/lJXk85cimx— BK (@Prettybrklyn) November 15, 2022
The names and images of the friends who accompanied the 25-year-old victim have surfaced online since the video went viral. Wenter Donovan, Daejhanae Jackson, Khalil, Alysse Hyatt, and Nazeer Wiggins accompanied Robinson on her trip and their innocence is being questioned by numerous people online who are urging the police to dig deeper into Robinson's death.
"She had a heart of gold. She loved everybody, and pretty much everybody loved her," Salmondra told Queen City News about her beloved daughter. In his own statement, Robinson's father said that since learning the heartbreaking news of her daughter's death, he hasn't been the same. "It's like a nightmare. I can’t even sleep. I am just frustrated. My heart is just aching as a father. A praying man," he said. "I just want some truth because this doesn't add up right."
Bernard swore to uncover the truth as investigators sought explanations. "By the grace of God, I think I am going to get to the bottom of this. God ain't gonna fail. It's going to come out," he added. "I'm not giving up. I am very confident that I am going to have peace of mind."
In a statement to ABC News on November 16, the US Embassy in Mexico City said that its personnel "are aware of Shanquella Robinson's death and are providing consular services to her family."