The FBI is investigating the mysterious death of Shanquella Robinson, who died during a group vacation in Mexico. Here's everything we know so far.

The FBI is investigating the mysterious death of Shanquella Robinson, who died during a group vacation in Mexico. Here's everything we know so far.
Shanquella Robinson, 25, was found dead in Mexico last month. Her family is demanding answers.Screenshot/ GoFundMe
  • A 25-year-old woman was found dead in Mexico last month after going on a group vacation.
  • Her friends reportedly blamed alcohol poisoning, but an autopsy revealed that she had trauma to her neck and spine.

North Carolina authorities and the FBI confirmed this week they are looking into the death of Shanquella Robinson, a 25-year-old woman who died mysteriously during a trip to Mexico with her friends.

Robinson's family has been actively seeking answers since she was found dead last month in Cabo, less than 24 hours after she arrived. The FBI's Charlotte division said they launched an investigation into the matter.

"The FBI Charlotte Field Office has opened an investigation in the death of Charlotte resident Shanquella Robinson in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on or about October 29, 2022," a spokesperson told Insider this week. "Due to the ongoing investigation, we have no further comment."

A US State Department spokesperson told Insider that when a US citizen dies overseas, they "provide all appropriate consular assistance to the family," adding that they have no other comment at this time.

Robinson's friends blamed the death on alcohol poisoning, her mother said

Robinson, the owner of hair braiding business Exquisite Babies, traveled to Mexico with her friends for a birthday celebration. During the vacation, the group reportedly stayed in a luxury villa they booked through


Local news reported that Robinson's friends called her mother, Salamondra Robinson, and informed her that something had happened to her daughter.

"They said she wasn't feeling well. She had alcohol poisoning," Salamondra Robinson told WJZY. "They couldn't get a pulse. Each one of the people that was there with her was telling different stories."

But an autopsy later revealed that Robinson's spine was cracked and she had a broken neck. The group of friends traveled back to the US, while Robinson's body was held there for about two weeks, per WJZY.

A Cabo Villas representative told Insider that they are "saddened" about the incident and said they're working with local authorities.

"The team at Cabo Villas has been in full cooperation with local emergency and public safety authorities regarding the incident from the initial contact for assistance onward," the representative said. "We are working diligently to determine the facts surrounding this incident, which is currently being investigated as an isolated criminal matter that happened involving guests at a private villa located in Los Cabos."


Robinson's father confirmed that his daughter is in a widely circulated video

Earlier this week, Gerald Jackson, a local blogger who runs The North Carolina Beat, released a graphic video of a woman attacking an unclothed woman. Robinson's father, Bernard Robinson, confirmed to The Daily Beast that his daughter is the woman being attacked in the 18-second video that has gone viral.

In the video, a person could be heard saying, "Quella, can you at least fight back?" The video set social media ablaze this week, with thousands calling for justice for the Robinson family. Even celebrities weighed in.

"They attacked her," Bernard Robinson told TMZ. "They put a hole in my heart. That was my only child. I'm heartbroken. I can't even be a granddaddy. I can't walk her down the aisle. I can't hear her voice."

He continued, "They left her in that house ma'am. They left her there for the maid to find her. Do you know how much pain my daughter suffered?...I just want justice."

WSOC-TV reported that the State Attorney General's Office of Baja California said there's an ongoing investigation and that they are collecting evidence related to the case.


Robinson's funeral was held in North Carolina on Saturday

The Robinson family created a GoFundMe that has nearly reached its goal, raising more than $330,000 as of Saturday. Kyrie Irving reportedly donated $65,000 to the fundraiser.

"We face a tremendous unexpected financial burden and a great deal of pain as we prepare to lay my sister to rest," Robinson's sister, Quilla Long, wrote in the description.

Robinson's funeral was held in Charlotte on Saturday, and hundreds of people were in attendance to pay their respects, according to reports. Per WSOC-TV, nobody has been charged in connection to this incident.