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Shanquella Robinson: Timeline of her ill-fated arrival in Mexico to her death as friends refused to take her to hospital

Despite a doctor's advise, Shanquella's friends refused to take her to hospital
UPDATED NOV 22, 2022
Shanquella Robinson's death remains a mystery (Shanquella Robinson/Instagram)
Shanquella Robinson's death remains a mystery (Shanquella Robinson/Instagram)

Warning: This article contains a recollection of crime and can be triggering to some, readers' discretion advised

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: New updates in the heartwrenching death of Shanquella Robinson, a successful businesswoman from Charlotte, North Carolina, has revealed more details about her friends' role in her death in a holiday villa in Mexico.

The 25-year-old, who was holidaying with her best friend Khalil, Wenter Donovan, Alysse Hyatt, Daejhanae Jackson, and Nazeer Wigginsin, was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a villa in Cabo San Lucas on October 29. Robinson's friends allegedly told her parents that she died due to alcohol poisoning. However, an autopsy report later revealed that she was brutally beaten and suffered a broken neck and cracked spine. 

A new report on her horrifying death revealed that a doctor had come to their hotel and tried to revive Shanquella at 3.15 pm on October 29. Shanquella's friends told the doctor that she had imbibed a lot of alcohol but the doctor advised them to take her to a clinic. Despite that, her friends refused and insisted Shanquella be treated on-site. Two hours later, the 25-year-old suffered a seizure and a friend called 911. Shortly her breathing and pulse stopped but the doctor was unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead on the spot, reported WBTV.


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What happened to Shanquella Robinson?

Shanquella owned a successful braiding business in Charlotte, but the 25-year-old's life was cut short after she went on the ill-fated trip with her friends. It had not even been 24 hours since the group arrived at the villa that Robinson was found dead. While Robinson's family was coming to terms with their daughter's tragic death, a shocking video circulated on the internet showing a woman inhumanely beating a naked Shanquella in a room while her friends did nothing but just recorded the ordeal.


A man recording the assault was heard saying, “At least fight back,” and her other friends appeared to be supporting the attacker at one point as the victim lay helplessly on the ground. Meanwhile, the disturbing video caused an uproar on the Internet, with many netizens demanding justice for the dead woman. The woman who repeatedly beat Shanquella was identified as her friend Daejhanae Jackson. The six friends who accompanied her on the trip have also allegedly removed their social media profiles.


Shanquella Robinson's parents fear foul play

(WBTV/YouTube/TMZ screengrab)
Shanquella Robinson's parents Salamondra and Bernard are looking for answers behind her mysterious death in Mexico (WBTV/YouTube/TMZ screengrab)

Shanquella Robinson's parents Salamondra and Bernard were informed that alcohol intoxication was the cause of her death. Salamondra has also expressed her doubts over her daughter’s friends’ claim. “Each one of the people that was there with her was telling different stories. They said she wasn’t feeling well. She had alcohol poisoning. They couldn’t get a pulse. They didn’t call us until the very last minute, and then on top of that, they said the maid found her. No one told the same story, so I never believed them anyway,” she told Fox 8.

Salamondra recalled her last conversation with her daughter on WBTV and said, “[I] spoke with her Friday evening she was having dinner and I never spoke with her again. On Saturday evening, they called and said she wasn’t feeling well, and they were going to call a doctor. And when they called, the doctor hadn’t arrived yet, but they said she had alcohol poisoning.”

“After they said it was alcohol poisoning, we received the autopsy report on Thursday and it said that her neck had been broken and she had a back spasm there was a crack, spinal cord was cracked. That took it to a whole another level because that meant somebody had attacked her,” she alleged.

Shanquella Robinson mysteriously died just 24 hours after the group arrived at her location with friends (WBTV/YouTuben & @chachiana/Twitter)
Shanquella Robinson mysteriously died just 24 hours after the group arrived at her location with friends (WBTV/YouTube & @chachiana/Twitter)

Shanquella's father Bernard also believes that someone killed his daughter. “They attacked her…and she naked. She’s not a fighter at all, ma’am. For them to do what they did, ma’am, it just seemed like it was a plot, cause they couldn’t have done that over here, ma’am,” he told TMZ. The victim's mother claimed that Shanquella's face was swollen, she had a knot on her head, her eyes were swollen, and her lips were split in photos that were sent to her and her family, THENCBEAT reported.

Shanquella Robinson's Funeral

Meanwhile, hundreds of mourners joined Shanquella's funeral as she was laid to rest in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 19. The 25-year-old's body was taken to Macedonia Baptist Church by a horse-drawn carriage while community members and friends paid tribute to her. A few mourners also reportedly wore pink bracelets and clothes in her memory while some were seen sticking her picture on their clothes.


A GoFundMe launched to help Shanquella's family has crossed its goal of $350,000 after Brooklyn Nets' guard Kyrie Irving donated $65,000. The fundraiser read, “My beautiful sister #ShanquellaRobinson, recently went on a trip to Cabo, Mexico, with people she believed were her friends. During this trip, she was found dead.”

“The United States State Department released a statement claiming ‘no clear evidence of foul play,’ yet there is a video circulating of a woman violently attacking Shanquella. This statement is unacceptable, and we are beyond devastated. We continue to fight for the truth. We face a tremendous unexpected financial burden and a great deal of pain as we prepare to lay my sister to rest. Any support you can contribute to our legal fees and other critical expenses is greatly appreciated,” the GoFundMe message added.

The FBI is currently investigating  Shanquella's death. Police had initially reported cardiopulmonary arrest as the cause of her death, but it changed after the autopsy reported her death due to spinal cord injury. Officials are collecting information from doctors and authorities while they are also interrogating Daejhanae Jackson, who appeared to violently assault Shanquella before her death, and the man who recorded the incident. No charges or arrests have been made. The motive behind the ruthless murder remains unknown.