Mexican prosecutors have obtained an arrest warrant for a friend of a North Carolina woman who was found dead last month while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
The extradition process was underway for the suspect in the death of Shanquella Robinson, the state attorney for Mexico’s Baja California Sur, Daniel de la Rosa, told local media on Wednesday.
Robinson, 25, was traveling with college friends from Winston-Salem State University when she was found dead in a vacation home, said her father, Bernard Robinson.
Mexican officials have not named the suspect but confirmed she is a US citizen who is believed to be in the US. More information was expected Thursday.
No one has been charged in the case, and authorities have not released the names of Robinson’s friends. CNN is contacting the US State Department for comment.
“An arrest warrant has already been issued for femicide to the detriment of the victim and against an alleged perpetrator of these acts, a friend of hers,” the prosecutor said.
The death did not result from an “altercation” but from “a direct aggression that this person did,” De la Rosa said.
“We are already carrying out all the relevant procedures, both the Interpol file and the extradition request,” he said.
Robinson last spoke to her mother, Salamondra, on the phone on the morning of Oct. 28, her father told CNN last week. The next day, Shanquella Robinson was found dead in her vacation rental, US and Mexican authorities said.
The cause of death was “severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation,” which is instability or excessive movement in the upper cervical vertebrae, a copy of her death certificate obtained by CNN affiliate WBTV. She was found unconscious in the living room of the rental home on October 29, the document states.
The death certificate classified Robinson’s death as “accidental or violent” and noted that the approximate time between injury and death was 15 minutes.
Video posted online appears to show a physical altercation inside a room between Robinson and another person. It is not clear when the video was recorded or if it shows the moment she sustained the fatal injury.
It is Robinson who is seen in the video being thrown to the floor and hit in the head, Bernard Robinson confirmed to CNN.
It’s unclear what led to the altercation or how many people were in the room at the time. It is also unclear whether anyone tried to intervene.
The FBI Charlotte Field Office has opened an investigation into the death of Shanquella Robinson, it confirmed Friday.
Her family had been waiting for more information from her friends and Mexican authorities, her father said a week ago.
“You took my only jewel from me,” he told CNN by phone. “You left a big hole in my heart. All I can do is fight for her; I can’t let her die in vain.”