It’s been a year since Shanquella Robinson’s mysterious death during a vacation in Mexico and her family still has “more questions than answers even at this point.”
New details reveal the reason why Robinson’s body has still not been exhumed as her family continues their fight for justice. Their family attorney Sue-Ann Robinson says there are no plans for a third autopy due to the inconsistencies in the first two.
“As of right now, a decision has not been made to do a third autopsy,” Sue-Ann told Radar Online.
“I don’t think a third autopsy is necessary for the exact reason I’m saying. It’ll still be more compromised than the second one.”
Shanquella’s family was initially told by friends that the 25-year-old died from alcohol poisoning but an initial autopsy performed in Mexico labeled the cause of death as a severe spinal cord or neck injury. A second autopsy conducted in North Carolina by the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office had inconsistencies with the first report and claimed there were no injuries to Robinson’s spine, but it did find a hypoxic-ischemic brain injury.
Videos that surfaced online after Shanquella’s death showed her being physically assaulted by one of the members of her travel group. Many on social media have speculated if the woman who was seen beating Shanquella is the one responsible for her death.
In April, federal prosecutors told Shanquella’s family there wasn’t enough evidence for a prosecution.
“The discrepancy with the autopsy has to do with the fact that the FBI had local Mecklenburg County coroner do an autopsy after the body had already been embalmed for transport for burial,” Sue-Ann explained. “Of course, it’s different.”
Mexican authorities issued an arrest warrant last November for an unnamed suspect in the murder of Shanquella. Extradition proceedings were underway but have since reached a screeching halt as Mexico waits on the U.S. to proceed.
Shanquella’s family isn’t backing down without a fight and Sue-Ann says the public can get involved by “contacting the secretary of state and asking him to assign someone to prioritize the case.” That’s where the family is “applying pressure,” the attorney states.
They’re also taking part in community initiatives to honor Shanquella’s memory.
“They’ve established a foundation, SBR Helping Hands, to kind of do projects for the community that go back to things that Shanquella was passionate about,” Sue-Ann shared.
“The youth, community activities, and supporting high school students and things like that to kind of, not fill the void, but not allow it to take them down. But they’re human.”
“There’s days where they don’t want to leave the home,” she added. “They want Shanquella back.”
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