More than two months after Mexican authorities issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in the death of Shanquella Robinson, a North Carolina woman who died Oct. 29, 2022, in Cabo San Lucas, a nonprofit organization is working to “pressure” authorities into making the case a priority.
Million Youth March of Charlotte and Salisbury announced it will partner with Robinson’s family to launch a letter campaign. The organization, which seeks to end community violence, plans to mail at least 1,000 letters to Mexican authorities.
“The significance of it is to put pressure on Mexico because they’re not owning up to their responsibility and executing the warrants of the Cabo Six,” Mario Black, director of the group, said in a statement.
“We hope by doing this, it will ignite someone there to push a little harder,” Black added.
Robinson, 25, died in Mexico while staying in a luxury vacation rental property in San Jose del Cabo with a friend and five acquaintances. Video later surfaced online of what appeared to be a woman attacking Robinson.
Although the acquaintances allegedly told Robinson’s parents their daughter died of alcohol poisoning, an autopsy report noted she suffered a “severe spinal cord injury and atlas dislocation.”
Mexican authorities issued an arrest warrant for a suspect about a month after Robinson’s death. At the time, Baja California Sur Attorney General Daniel de la Rosa Anaya said Robinson died from a “direct aggressor,” but the suspect’s name was not released.
De La Rosa Anaya said his office requested an immigration alert if the suspect enters or exits the country. Mexican investigators are also working with U.S. authorities and asked for interviews with others on the trip to determine if they should face criminal charges.
The FBI is conducting a separate investigation, but Black revealed law enforcement agencies have not shared updates with Robinson’s family.
“Three months without answers is entirely too long for a family that has already been through enough tragedy,” Black said.
Those participating in the Million Youth March of Charlotte and Salisbury letter-writing campaign will meet Feb. 18 at 12 p.m. ET at Little Rock AME Zion Church and march to a local post office.
The goal is to mail all of the letters at once so they arrive at the same time. Those who cannot make the march but want to participate in the campaign can email their letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.