Shanquelle Robinson died within the first 24 hours of a group trip to Cabo, Mexico, and now her family needs answers to the mystery surrounding her death. They're getting conflicting stories from authorities, and the group of six friends, Khalil Cooke, Malik Dyer, Wenter Donovan, Alyssa Hyatt, Daejhanae Jackson, and Nazeer Wiggins Shanquella Robinson, traveled with them to celebrate one of their birthdays.
Salamondra Robinson, the mother of Shanquelle, recounts the last conversation she had with her daughter before her death.
"She told me they had a chef. They were getting ready to eat. They were eating tacos or a salad or something, and I said, 'OK. I love you. Have a good night, and I will talk to you tomorrow.' I never talked to my child again. She never made it back home,"
Reports allege that members of the group traveling with Miss Robinson claimed that Shanquelle's death was due to alcohol poisoning. However, her father, Bernard Robinson, finds that story hard to believe. After her deceased body arrived in the U.S., he noticed bruises on her face.
Mr. Robinson was overcome with emotion upon seeing Shanquell saying, "I cried like a baby. When I opened that box, saw her there ... she had a knot on the corner of her head, her lip was cut, her eye was swollen," "Deep down in my heart, I knew it wasn't alcohol poisoning."
Mr. Robinson said he just wanted to know the truth about what happened to his daughter, who he remembered as "very caring, very loving."
"That was my only child. I loved her, and I can't believe somebody would hurt her like that. My joy is gone," he said. "I can't even be a grandfather. I can't even walk her down the aisle. I can't even hear her voice. … I will not let my daughter die in vain."
An autopsy report of Robinson's death points to the cause of death being severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation.
The FBI obtained video footage from a fight that could be the event that led to Shanquelle's death. The footage shows her being violently attacked by someone who has now been identified as Daejhanae Jackson, who was part of the group trip. At the same time, another can be heard off-camera asking, "Quelle, can you at least fight back." Shanquelle responds while she is being hammered. "No"
Mexican authorities have released very little information on what they say is an active investigation. Police in Cabo San Lucas and the FBI confirmed in separate statements that they are investigating the death.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson said: "We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. Out of respect for their privacy, we have no further comment at this time."
No arrests or charges have been made in her death.