Family of Shanquella Robinson asks for ‘immediate diplomatic intervention’

Posted at 11:19 AM, March 17, 2023 and last updated 2:22 PM, March 17, 2023


New details in the death of Shanquella Robinson have been released in a letter to President Biden from her family and their legal team.

Attorneys Benjamin Crump and Sue-Ann Robinson sent the March 13 letter to The White House on behalf of Robinson’s family, who are seeking justice in case that’s seemed to produce no answers for five months.

They’re asking for “immediate diplomatic intervention” in the “transnational criminal case.”


Robinson, 25, was reported dead Oct. 29 at a luxury villa in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. She was traveling with a group of six people when she was killed. Her travel mates returned to the U.S. the day after her death, and told the Robinson family she had died from alcohol poisoning.

The investigation took a turn when cellphone video of a physical fight between Robinson and another woman went viral. In the video, the woman is seen violently beating a naked Robinson. An autopsy conducted Oct. 30 by a medical examiner in Mexico noted Robinson’s cause of death “was a broken neck,” the letter states.

Mexican authorities later issued a warrant for Daejahnea Jackson on a charge of femicide, according to the letter. Robinson’s family is asking for the suspect to either be extradited to Mexico, or for “concurrent jurisdiction with Mexican law enforcement” to allow U.S. prosecutors to try the case.

The letter includes an interview transcript from a concierge at the resort, in which they describe Jackson asking them to call a doctor because their “friend has alcohol poisoning and needs emergency service” on Oct. 29. Within hours, the concierge was informed Robinson had died.

The concierge also describes how later that day, the group contacted them to request transportation to dinner. Following dinner, they were taken to the airport without checking-out from the villa or telling the concierge they were leaving.

The concierge concludes, “When I saw the video (of the fight) on social media, I realized that practically the main guest Miss Jackson had manipulated me with the information she provided of what happened to leave the country as soon as possible.”

In an interview with Court TV, Robinson’s mother, Sallamondra Robinson, and attorney Sue-Ann Robinson detailed their next legal steps. Robinson said, “I need someone to be arrested and I need justice for my family and Shanquella, because it’s been fives months and they’re out there living their life.”