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Mother of woman who died in Mexico says she did not believe it was alcohol poisoning


The mother and sister of Shanquella Robinson, the 25-year-old who deceased while vacationing in Mexico last month, told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” ​​in an exclusive interview that they knew she did not die of alcohol poisoning.

His death is being investigated as femicidea form of gender-based violence, according to the Baja California Sur State Attorney General’s Office.

Robinson, from Charlotte, North Carolina, traveled to the resort town of San Jose del Cabo on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula with six friends on October 28.

Robinson’s mother, Sallamondra, said she spoke with her daughter on a Friday evening before getting ready for dinner, unaware that it would be their last conversation.

“She said, well, mom, I’m getting ready to eat,” Sallamondra Robinson told “GMA” in an interview that aired Friday. “I said, well OK. Have fun. Have a good time. And I love you and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.”

The mother said she received a frantic phone call from her daughter’s friends the next day saying she had died of alcohol poisoning.

“Saturday night I got a call that Shanquella wasn’t feeling well,” Sallamondra Robinson said.

However, Shanquella Robinson’s autopsy report and death certificate from the Mexican Health Secretariat, obtained by ABC News, list her cause of death as “severe spinal cord injury and atlas dislocation”, no mention of alcohol. The document also says the approximate time between injury and death was 15 minutes, while a box asking if the death was ‘accidental or violent’ was ticked ‘yes’.

According to the document, dated November 4, Robinson was found unconscious in the living room of a residence on Padre Kino Avenue in San Jose del Cabo on the afternoon of October 29.

Robinson’s mother told ‘GMA’ that her daughter’s friends came to her house before the autopsy report was released. She said every friend came back and told her something different, so she never believed their stories.

In recent days, a video – unverified by ABC News – has surfaced online allegedly showing a woman attacking Shanquella Robinson. In the video, someone can be heard asking if Shanquella Robinson “could at least fight back.” It is unclear when and where the video was taken.

“I didn’t believe them because actually before they even got back to Charlotte…I don’t know when they arrived but someone had already called us and told us that someone was fighting her there,” said Sallamondra Robinson. “At the time we interviewed each of them, and each of them gave us a different statement.”

“The people she was with, I knew one of them very well, and I thought he was her friend and would watch over her,” she added. “But, unfortunately, that’s not what it was.”

Quilla Long, Shanquella Robinson’s older sister, said she was “in disbelief” and “dropped to her knees” when she heard the news from her sister.

“The video is sickening,” Long told “GMA.”

Bernard Robinson, Shanquella’s father, said he wished he could talk to his daughter and give her one last hug.

The US State Department confirmed in an email to ABC News that the death of a US citizen occurred in Mexico and that when a US citizen dies abroad, the department provides all assistance consular officer appropriate to the family and refers to the Mexican authorities for all matters relating to the investigation. . Meanwhile, the Baja California Sur state attorney general’s office said its investigation into Robinson’s death is ongoing.

Sallamondra Robinson said she wouldn’t stop until they got some answers and remembered her daughter as a smart, ambitious woman with a loving heart.

“Shanquella was a wonderful daughter. You know, a loving daughter. And she will be truly missed,” she said. “All positive is exactly who she was.”

“GMA” airs at 7 a.m. ET on ABC.

Sabina Ghebremedhin, Jessica Mendoza, Anne Laurent, Eric Jones and ABC News’ Morgan Winsor contributed to this report.