On Thursday, Mexican prosecutors said that an American lady had been charged with murder concerning the death of another American featured in a viral video showing a violent assault.
In the case of the death of Shanquella Robinson on October 29, prosecutors in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur did not release the identity of the person suspected of killing Robinson.
They said, however, that they had contacted Mexican federal prosecutors and diplomats in an effort to have the woman deported to Mexico to face charges there.
People in both countries were startled by Robinson’s death, which occurred in a vacation community in the Baja resort town of San Jose del Cabo. The footage sparked rumors that Robinson had been murdered by the individuals she was with.
An arrest order has been filed for the suspect, and local prosecutor Antonio López Rodrguez has described the incident as a possible homicide. But after Robinson’s body was discovered in the rented villa, the group she was traveling with abruptly left Mexico.
Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, the state’s prosecutor, said the second suspect was also American, but he did not give any details about who she was.
CBS News reported on Tuesday that the FBI had begun an investigation into Robinson’s death.
One woman, believed to be an American, can be seen on video recorded inside the San Jose del Cabo mansion assaulting another woman named Robinson.
Many people have shared the video again and again on social media. A man with a thick American accent is heard asking another, “Can you at least fight back?” The man didn’t seem to care enough to stop the beating.
Concerns were raised by the footage, such as who the alleged batterers were and why they were traveling with her.
Salamandra Robinson, Shanquella’s mother, said CBS News in an interview last week that her daughter’s friends had told them that she had been sick from alcohol poisoning. However, Salamondra found out after the fact that there was a fight and that she had been injured in the neck and spinal cord.
According to Salamandra, “her death had nothing to do with alcohol” when an autopsy was performed.