Mexican prosecutors have obtained an arrest warrant for the girlfriend of a North Carolina woman who was found dead last month while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
The extradition process for the suspect in the death of Shanquella Robinson is underway, Mexico’s Baja California Sur Attorney General Daniel de la Rosa told local media on Wednesday.
Robinson, 25, was traveling with college friends from Winston-Salem State University when she was found dead in a vacation rental, her father, Bernard Robinson, said.
Mexican officials have not named the suspect but have confirmed that she is a US citizen believed to be in the United States. More information was expected on Thursday.
No one has been charged in the case and authorities have not released the names of Robinson’s friends. CNN is asking the US State Department for comment.
“An arrest warrant has already been issued for the crime of murdering a woman against the victim and against an alleged friend of hers who was responsible for these acts,” prosecutors said.
The death was not due to an “argument” but to “direct aggression by that person,” De la Rosa said.
“We are already conducting all the relevant procedures, both the Interpol file and the extradition request,” he said.
Robinson last spoke to her mother, Salamondra, on the phone on the morning of October 28, her father told CNN last week. The next day, Shanquella Robinson was found dead at her vacation home, U.S. and Mexican authorities said.
The cause of death was “severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation,” which is instability or excessive movement of the top cervical vertebrae, according to a copy of her death certificate obtained by CNN affiliate WBTV. According to the document, she was found unconscious in the living room of the rented apartment on October 29.
The death certificate classified Robinson’s death as “accidental or violent” and noted that the approximate time between injury and death was 15 minutes.
Video posted online appears to show a physical altercation in a room between Robinson and another person. It is not clear when the video was taken or if it shows the moment she suffered the fatal injury.
It is Robinson who can be seen in the video being thrown to the ground and hit on the head, Bernard Robinson confirmed to CNN.
It’s unclear what led to the altercation or how many people were in the room at the time. It’s also unclear if anyone tried to intervene.
The FBI Charlotte Field Office has opened an investigation into the death of Shanquella Robinson, it confirmed Friday.
Her family had been waiting for more information from her friends and the Mexican authorities, her father said a week ago.
“They took my only gem,” he told CNN over the phone. “You tore a big hole in my heart. All I can do is fight for her; I can’t let her die in vain.”