Shanquella Robinson died while vacationing in San Jose del Cabo.

ByAnne Laurent and Morgan Winsor
November 17, 2022, 11:22 PM

An American woman’s death in Mexico is being investigated as a femicide, a form of gender-based violence, according to the Baja California Sur Attorney General’s Office.

The family of Shanquella Robinson, 25, of Charlotte, North Carolina, is desperate for answers after she died while vacationing with friends in Mexico last month.

Robinson went to San Jose del Cabo, a resort city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, with six friends on Oct. 28. They stayed at a rental villa in Fundadores, an exclusive gated community with vacation homes and a private beach club, Robinson’s parents told Charlotte ABC affiliate WSOC-TV in a recent interview.

The next day, Robinson’s parents got a frantic telephone call from their daughter’s friends saying she had died.

“They said she wasn’t feeling well, that it was alcohol poisoning,” Robinson’s mother, Sallamondra Robinson, told WSOC-TV.