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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

No Charges in Death of Black Woman Killed in Mexico By Her Friends

Shanquella Robinson

Nationwide — Federal prosecutors have announced that they will not be pressing charges in the death of Shanquella Robinson, a 25-year-old Black American woman who was found dead in Mexico in October 2022.

The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina stated that based on the autopsy results and a careful review of the investigation materials, there was insufficient evidence to support a federal prosecution.

Robinson had traveled to San José del Cabo with friends the day before her death, and her friends initially reported that she died of alcohol poisoning, but a death certificate obtained from a Charlotte TV station contradicted this.

The federal government has said that it would consider reviewing the case if new information were to come to light. However, the attorney for Robinson’s family, Ben Crump, and Sue-Ann Robinson, noted that there were differences between the autopsies carried out in the US and Mexico.

They stated that while the decision not to pursue charges was disappointing, they still believed that justice could be served in Mexico, and they hoped that the case would be further investigated.