Mexican prosecutors said Thursday they have opened an investigation into the death of an American woman who was allegedly beaten in a viral video.
Prosecutors in the state of Baja California Sur said in a statement they were investigating the death of a woman they identified only as a foreigner at a resort development in the town of San Jose del Cabo.
A state official, who was not authorized to be named, confirmed that the victim was Shanquella Robinson. The official confirmed that the group she was traveling with had left Mexico.
A video apparently taped at a luxury villa in San Jose del Cabo shows a woman, apparently an American, beating another woman.
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The video has been reposted many times on social media sites. In it, a man with an American accent can be heard saying, “Can you at least fight back?” The man did not appear to intervene in the beating.
Police found Robinson dead in the villa on October 29, prosecutors said.
Charlotte, North Carolina station Queen City News published a report stating that Robinson died of blunt force trauma to the spine.
Mexican officials said they could not confirm the cause of death, as it was part of an ongoing investigation.
The video raised questions about why no one intervened in the alleged beating, or why the people she was traveling with would beat her.
In another case in a different part of Baja California Sur, prosecutors said they have charged three men and a woman in the Oct. 25 disappearance of another American, identified as Rodney Davis, 73. was arrested
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Davis was last seen near El Juncalito beach in the town of Loreto, north of San Jose del Cabo.
All three suspects are facing kidnapping charges. Davis’ body was found two days later on a nearby highway.