SHANQUELLA Robinson’s family have sounded the alarm in the investigation into the tourist’s death after the FBI told them they could not release her autopsy results.
Shanquella’s legal team and family continue to call for diplomatic intervention from the United States after she died while vacationing in Mexico.
Shanquella, owner of a hair braiding business and online fashion boutique, traveled to Mexico on October 28 but died the next day in a luxury mansion in Cabo San Lucas.
The 25-year-old was on vacation with friends when she sustained a head injury and died from a broken neck, according to her autopsy performed by Mexican authorities.
Investigations in Mexico determined that one of Shanquella’s traveling companions was the attacker in the on-camera incident that killed the tourist.
Shanquella’s family and legal team, including attorney Sue-Ann Robinson, hoped the United States would pursue the case and extradite the suspect to Mexico.
But in April it was announced that the FBI’s North Carolina office, where Shanquella was from, declined to press charges against the alleged perpetrator in the woman’s death.
Meanwhile, authorities in the US conducted their own autopsy after Shanquella’s body was embalmed – which attorney Robinson said marred the investigation.
Attorney Robinson, who represents Shanquella’s family but is not related to them, spoke exclusively to The US Sun to provide an update on the case.
“The FBI says we can’t release the documents [autopsy results] to you because the case is still pending as we await the translation into English of the documents we received from the Mexican authorities,” Sue-Ann Robinson told The US Sun.
“Which in turn is ringing alarm bells everywhere because you have made a decision on the case, you have publicly announced the decision to the family and the public, but you say the case is still ongoing and admit that some of it …” Documents from the investigation file that could potentially affect your decision to press charges have not been fully translated.
“So the family is deeply disappointed.
“They are obviously concerned about the red flags and the lack of transparency in the investigation, but are undeterred.
“There is still a path to justice and the family recognizes that.”
When the FBI was asked for comment Monday, The US Sun referred to an earlier press release about the agency’s meeting with Shanquella’s family.
It called partially: “As in any case, the government stands ready to review and consider new information related to the investigation if it becomes available.”
“GRADE OF URGENCY”
Sue-Ann shared that Shanquella’s family plans to return to Washington DC on May 19th, the 200th day since Shanquella’s death.
There, the team of lawyers and family members will again call for diplomatic intervention.
“There should be a level of urgency, a level of prioritization by US authorities that just doesn’t exist yet,” Sue-Ann said.
“We all saw what happened on the video and we demand that the US authorities intervene, give the case priority and allow the extradition process to proceed so that the Mexican authorities can bring forward the person they have identified as the attacker.” Mexican courts can prosecute.”
Despite the setback, the family does not give up.
“We’re still encouraging and grateful for all the platforms that are still calling Shanquella’s name and not abandoning the case because we are not abandoning it,” said Sue-Ann.
Sue-Ann recently traveled to Mexico to update on the case and to advocate for the Robinson family after sending a letter to the White House in March calling for diplomatic intervention.
She said the investigation into Shanquella’s death in Mexico was complete and an extradition package had been handed over to the US government.
She and Shanquella’s family continue to appeal to US officials for action in the case, which has been classified as femicide – a term used by Mexican police to describe the murder of a woman based on her gender.
The lawyer described the trip in the letter to the White House, which is available to the US program “Sun”, as a “reconnaissance mission”.
“It was a surreal experience in the sense that I’ve been a lawyer for almost 17 years. “I’m a former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney,” Sue-Anne said.
“I have never had to personally travel to another country to do research on behalf of a family.
“It was unreal in that regard, because the struggles that this family has had to go through while trying to grieve a loved one, but at the same time seeking justice for the loved one… it’s a very heavy burden.”
“I always say I’m amazed at how hard they’ve put in to work to really push this forward.”