The FBI is investigating the death of a North Carolina woman in Mexico who was seen on video assaulted


The FBI has launched an investigation in death last month of a US woman in Mexico seen being assaulted in a cellphone video that went viral.

The FBI confirmed in a statement to CBS News on Tuesday that it has opened “an investigation” into the death of Charlotte, North Carolina resident Shanquella Robinson.

According to the FBI statement, the death occurred “on or about” October 29 in Cabo San Lucas. Mexican authorities said last week the death occurred in San Jose del Cabo, which is about 20 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas. Both are located in the state of Baja California Sur.

In a Nov. 17 statement, Mexican prosecutors said they were investigating the death of a woman they identified only as a foreigner at a resort project in San Jose del Cabo. However, at the time, a Mexican state official, who was not authorized to be named, confirmed that the victim was Robinson. The officer confirmed that the group she was traveling with had since left Mexico.

A video, apparently taken at a luxury mansion in San Jose del Cabo, shows a woman, apparently American, beating another woman.

The video was posted multiple times on social media sites. A man with an American accent can be heard saying, “Can you at least fight back?” The man didn’t appear to intervene in the beating.

Mexican prosecutors said police found Robinson dead at the villa on October 29.

Shanquella’s mother, Salamondra Robinson, said in an interview with CBS News last week that investigators in Mexico are treating her daughter’s death as a homicide.

“I was glad to hear that,” she said.

Salamondra said Shanquella’s friends initially told her she was suffering from alcohol poisoning. But she later learned there was a struggle, and an autopsy revealed she had spinal cord and neck injuries.

The autopsy revealed that “her death had nothing to do with alcohol,” Salamondra said.

Mexican officials said they could not confirm the cause of death as it was part of an ongoing investigation.

When Salamondra saw the video, she said she knew it was her daughter. It raised questions as to why no one intervened in the alleged beatings, or why people she was traveling with hit her.

“She didn’t hit anyone back. She didn’t even have a chance,” Salamondra said. “No one tried to stop it.”

The group that Shanquella was traveling with were people she went to college with, Salamondra said.

“One of the guys was supposedly her best friend,” she said. “And he’d taken us on family trips, you know? And he had been at the family home.”

Salamondra said she has not seen him since the autopsy results. She said she hopes she can get more answers about what happened to her daughter, who she described as “a heart of gold.”

“She loved everyone. She hasn’t abused anyone. Never. Nobody could ever say anything bad about her because she was a good person,” Salamondra said.

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