Shanquella Robinson arrived in the picturesque Mexican town of San José del Cabo on October 28. with six of his friends.
One day later, a 25-year-old student from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina died while living in a luxury rental in Baja California Sur.
Now, nearly a month after the death, the FBI is investigating and Mexican prosecutors are seeking to extradite one of Robinson’s friends as a suspect in the case.
Here’s what we know about the case, which gained attention after a viral video appeared showing another woman beating Robinson after someone else recorded the attack.
According to her father, Bernard Robinson, Robinson went to Mexico on vacation with her college friends from Winston-Salem State University.
According to her father, she last spoke to her mother Salamondra on the phone on October 28.
U.S. and Mexican officials said Robinson was found dead the next day in the living room of her rental.
According to a copy of her death certificate obtained by CNN affiliate WBTV, Robinson’s cause of death was “severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation,” meaning instability or excessive movement of the upper cervical vertebrae.
The death certificate classified Robinson’s death as “accidental or violent” and estimated the time from injury to death at 15 minutes.
After Robinson’s death, six of her friends returned to the United States.
A video circulating online in recent weeks appears to show a physical altercation between Robinson and another person in the room.
It is not clear when the video was taken or if it shows the moment she was fatally injured.
That video shows Robinson thrown to the floor and punched in the head, CNN’s Bernard Robinson confirmed.
Prosecutors in Mexico said last week that an arrest warrant had been issued for the woman suspected of fatally attacking Robinson.
Prosecutors said they were working with Mexico’s attorney general and the foreign ministry on extradition proceedings.
Evidence suggests the death was the result of a “direct attack, not an accident” and the victim’s girlfriend, prosecutors said.
Mexican authorities said the death occurred in San Jose del Cabo. The FBI said it happened in nearby Cabo San Lucas, and the agency did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Mexican officials have not named the suspect, but have confirmed that she is a US citizen who is believed to be in the US.
No one has been charged in the case, and officials have not released the names of Robinson’s friends.
CNN has reached out to the US State Department, the FBI and the US Department of Justice for comment.
The FBI’s Charlotte Field Office said it has opened an investigation into Robinson’s death.
The death was not the result of an “argument” but the “direct aggression of this individual,” Baja California Sur Attorney General Daniel de la Rosa told local media last week.
According to the prosecutor, the suspect’s extradition process is underway.
“There is already an arrest warrant for the crime of femicide,” or killing a woman because of her sex, de la Rosa said, adding that the victim’s “friend” was allegedly responsible for the death.
The arrest warrant is valid in Mexico, prosecutors said, and they are consulting with federal government officials in both countries about the extradition request.
“We are already going through all the relevant procedures, both the Interpol case and the extradition request,” de la Rosa said.
A lawyer explains two ways the Shanquella Robinson investigation could go
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According to CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson, Mexico and the United States have a long-standing extradition treaty and cooperate on such matters.
“On the one hand, you can see Mexico getting involved in prosecutions,” Jackson said. “On the other hand, in the United States, we certainly have a statute that would provide for our government’s involvement. If you go abroad and an American citizen ends up being killed by another American citizen, there are laws that may provide that the prosecution will take place in that country.
Meanwhile, the Robinson family is waiting for more information from authorities and their daughter’s friends.
“You have robbed me of my only jewel,” said Bernard Robinson. “You put a big hole in my heart. The only thing I can do is fight for her. I can’t let her die in vain.”