The family of a North Carolina woman who died while vacationing in Mexico is asking President Biden to take action as her alleged attacker remains at large.
Charlotte resident Shanquella Robinson died after allegedly being beaten by a fellow traveler in the popular tourist town of San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, but the suspect in the murder wanted by Mexican authorities has yet to be extradited from the US
“We don’t want to give the administration any room to say they don’t know how to help,” said attorney Sue-Ann Robinson, who is not related to Shanquella Robinson.
“The President or Secretary of State must step in and demand: extradition of the suspect or suspects, or seek a concurrent jurisdiction and charges in the United States,” the attorney said in a press release on Saturday.
The letter, addressed to Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said federal law allows Americans to be charged with crimes against other Americans abroad and called for “immediate diplomatic action.”
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Shanquella Robinson, left. New York Post video shows Robinson being beaten, right.
The letter also reflected the frustration attorney Robinson expressed in an interview with Fox News Digital earlier this month over a recent trip to Mexico, where the attorney claimed he encountered “obstacles” in investigating the crime. The family did not receive any help from the US consulate there, the lawyer said.
Shanquella Robinson, a hair stylist, arrived in the resort town of San Jose del Cabo on October 28 with a group of six friends and acquaintances who originally claimed Robinson suffered from alcohol poisoning after she was found unresponsive on October 29 .
However, Mexican authorities eventually declared Robinson’s death a homicide after video circulated on social media showing one of Robinson’s traveling companions viciously attacking her while others looked on and told her to “fight back”.
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The death of American Shanquella Robinson is being investigated as a homicide.
In late November, Baja California Sur prosecutor Daniel de la Rosa Anaya issued an arrest warrant and extradition request for a friend of Robinson’s, saying the incident was “not an argument” but “direct aggression.”
An autopsy conducted in Mexico found that Robinson died of “severe spinal cord injury and atlas dislocation” and instability of the first two cervical vertebrae.
Attorney Robinson said she was unaware of any arrests in the case and it is believed all of Shanquella Robinson’s traveling companions are on the streets of the United States.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital on Saturday and has not responded to multiple requests for comment in recent months.
The State Department said in a statement that it would not comment on or confirm any investigation or “private correspondence by American citizens.” The statement to Fox News Digital also noted that the department has a policy not to comment on extradition matters, echoing previous comments that it is “closely monitoring investigations by local authorities.”