The mother of a college student who died under mysterious circumstances while vacationing in Mexico has criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for its handling of the case.
On October 29, Shanquella Robinson was found unresponsive in the living room of the villa that she and five other friends had rented in the resort city of San Jose del Carbo on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.
The 25-year-old had traveled with her friends from college for a short vacation. After her death, Robinson’s family alleges that her travel companions reported that she had died from alcohol poisoning.
However, conflicting accounts about what exactly happened on the trip have quickly arisen.
One of the central questions about Robinson’s death concerns a video that purportedly shows the young woman being brutally attacked by another woman inside what appears to be their villa.
Furthermore, the official certificate of death issued by the Mexican government lists “severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation” as the cause of death. Atlas luxation refers to instability in the uppermost vertebrae.
The death certificate also estimates that Robinson died about 15 minutes after sustaining these injuries.
While the FBI has launched its own investigation, it has been reported that Mexican authorities are seeking to extradite a woman from the United States to face charges related to Robinson’s death.
In a post on Instagram, Robinson’s mother Sallamondra Robinson wrote, “Enough is not being done by the FBI to put the individuals who attacked Shanquella behind bars. I’m just trying to wait for somebody to be arrested.”
She continued, “The FBI is not telling anything as of right now. Shanquella attackers looked me right in my face and told me there was no fight that happened in [Cabo]. I believe they are on the run!”
In another post two days later, Robinson’s mother wrote, “I believe this all was planned. The people Shanquella went on a trip with have all been friends for over 10 years.”
“Authorities have not informed me on any information due to Shanquella case but I was told the FBI is now questioning everyone from the [Cabo 6],” she concluded.
The U.S. State Department released a statement on the case that read, “The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. When a U.S. citizen dies in a foreign country, local authorities are responsible for determining the cause of death.”
“The Department of State supports a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this incident and is closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation.”
Robinson’s mother’s criticism of the FBI is the latest round of bad press for the law enforcement agency; it is currently mired in controversy after the recent release of internal Twitter documents allegedly revealed its close ties to the company’s decision to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story in the lead-up to the November 2020 presidential election.
Jenin Younes, litigation counsel at the New Civil Liberties Alliance, commented on these alarming revelations, “Regardless of their politics, all Americans should be gravely concerned about the FBI’s utter disregard for the First Amendment.”
Now, the FBI finds itself embroiled in an international murder mystery and the victim’s mother’s continued demands for answers, which have thus far gone unanswered by the nation’s top law enforcement agency.