FBI begins investigationof an American woman in Mexico who was seen being assaulted in a cell phone video that went viral.
The FBI confirmed in a statement to CBS News on Tuesday that it had “opened an investigation” into the death of Shankera Robinson in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The deaths occurred in Cabo San Lucas “around” October 29, according to an FBI statement. Mexican authorities announced last week that the death occurred in San Jose del Cabo, about 20 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas. Both are in Baja California Sur.
In a statement on November 17, Mexican prosecutors said they were investigating the death of a woman identified only as a foreigner at the San Jose del Cabo resort. But Mexican state officials, who were not authorized to give her name at the time, confirmed the victim was Robinson, who said the group she was traveling with had since left Mexico. It was confirmed.
The video, believed to have been shot at a luxury villa in San Jose del Cabo, shows a woman, believed to be American, beating another woman.
This video has been reposted many times on social media sites. In it, a man with an American accent can be heard saying, “Can you at least fight back?” The man did not appear to intervene in the beating.
Mexican prosecutors said police found Robinson dead at his villa on October 29.
Shankera’s mother, Salamondra Robinson, told CBS News in an interview last week that investigators in Mexico were investigating her daughter’s death as a homicide.
“I was happy to hear that,” she said.
Salamondra said she was initially told by a friend of Shanquella’s that she had fallen ill from alcoholism. But later, she learned that there had been a fight and her autopsy revealed injuries to her spinal cord and her neck.
An autopsy showed “her death had nothing to do with alcohol,” Salamondra said.
Mexican authorities said they could not confirm the cause of death as it was part of an ongoing investigation.
When Salamondra saw the video, she said she knew it was her daughter. , the question arose.
“She wasn’t fighting anyone. She didn’t even have a chance,” Salamondra said. “Nobody tried to stop it.”
The group Shankera was traveling with were people she attended college with, Salamondra said.
“One of the men was probably her best friend,” she said. “And he’s been on family trips with us, right? did.”
Salamondra said she had not seen him since getting the autopsy results. She hopes to get more answers about what happened to her daughter, who she described as having a “heart of gold.”
“She loved everyone. She abused no one. Never. No one could say bad things about her because she was a good person,” Salamondra said.