Shanquella Robinson’s sister, Tequila Long, is talking about the group of friends Robinson was last seen in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, while on vacation.
“She actually came here to borrow a piece of luggage of mine to take on the trip,” Long shares with ESSENCE. “I thought she was going with the people she always traveled with, so it wasn’t any reason for me to have any ill feelings towards her going out of town. I just tell her to be safe.”
Robinson, who was 25 years old, is said to have been killed by a “friend” on Oct. 28 in a Mexican villa. The “friends” of Robinson told Robinson’s mother, Salamondra Robinson, that her daughter died from drinking too much. But the Mexican government and the FBI told the family something different.
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“When the autopsy came back, they said it didn’t have anything to do with the alcohol,” Salamondra shared with Queen City News. “[They] said that she had a broken neck and her spine in the back was cracked. She had been beaten.”
In the end, a disturbing video surfaced that showed Daejhanae Jackson attacking Robinson naked in a bedroom. Shanquella can hear a man who seems to be filming the attack ask, “Quella, can you at least fight back?” Robinson tries to get away, but she is thrown to the ground and hit over and over in the head.
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Long tells Essence that she heard there was a fight at the villa, but she believed a close male friend of Robinson who said Shanquella died of alcohol poisoning.
“I was more believing the dude that she went on the trip with because that was her best friend. So I didn’t think that he would be malicious about anything. I didn’t think that he would tell us a lie. I trusted him. So I took his word for it more than anything, and he said it was alcohol poisoning,” says Long. When the friends returned back home to Charlotte, N.C. they spun a wild tale to Robinson’s mother.
“They came to meet my mother to talk about the incident that happened in Cabo. The two young ladies, and the male, told us that there wasn’t any type of fighting going on. That they believed what the medic told him, that it was alcohol poisoning. We asked him about the fight because we was hearing from other people that they was out there fighting her, they had jumped on her out there. So they all was giving us a story, a lie, until the video surfaced.”
The first statement from the US State Department said that there is “no clear evidence of foul play.” But Black Twitter sleuths thought otherwise and spread the video of the fight all over the Internet. SandraRose.com says that they also put the names and photos of Robinson’s travel companions online, along with links to their social media pages, addresses, places of work, and even birth certificates.
My sister @TamikaDMallory has also debunked rumors of an arrest of anyone in the death of #ShanquellaRobinson I too confirmed with both the @FBI and Mexican authorities those reports are false. Stop the deplorable behavior now! pic.twitter.com/1irjJt87KO
— Dennis Byron (@MrDennisByron) December 3, 2022
When the FBI heard about the evidence that Black Twitter had found, they decided to look into Robinson’s death. The attacker was also charged with Femicide by Mexican authorities, who issued an arrest warrant for the person. Long said she was left “livid” and “extremely upset” after she watched the video of her sister being beaten by Jackson.
“I automatically yelled. At that moment, I was wishing I was there. I played that video over and over again. They had to wake her up out of her sleep because she sleeps naked. And she was naked standing there, and here she is fighting this girl. And my sister’s like 5’1, 100 pounds. That image of her didn’t sit well with me,” said Long. Several news sources say that Jackson was arrested on Nov. 28 for the crime and is waiting to be sent to Mexico.
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