Shanquella Robinson was murdered on October 29 in a luxury rental property in Mexico. She was on a trip to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Robinson’s family is still waiting to see any responsible measures taken in the murder.
On Saturday, December 10, the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte in North Carolina was filled by her family members and friends. They were holding a rally calling out on the authorities to seek arrests in the murder case when the officials are still investigating the case.
The circumstances of her murder is still remaining mysterious and some of the investigators are supposing the cause of it to be a committed account of femicide. The cause of the death is considered to be a case of direct attack.
The rally lasted long with a duration of above two and a half hours. Robinson’s friends spoke in the army about her and about the need of the hour. There were also featured speeches by other community activists who care for the cause and who are pressing the authorities to take action.
Other individuals who were in attendance at the rally were ministers and pastors. There was also the presence of officials representing the city and the county including the Charlotte Mayor pro tem Braxton Winston and the commissioner of the County of Mecklenburg, Pat Cotham.
Both of them reportedly delivered words of comfort. The first family of Shanquella Robinson who was present throughout the rally did not speak out about anything.
Charlotte Mayor pro tem Braxton Winston said that he was going, to be honest about the situation. He acknowledged it was tough and it was hard. He also wondered about the number of words that one could bring to a situation like that.
He continued that there was so much grief present in the community which was a sign that he had acknowledged that the trauma caused by the murder is connecting the community. He proceeded to directly address the family of Robinson and uttered words of assurance that the community would not forget them.
Many of the speakers who were in attendance called out for and demanded justice. The surroundings of the church were filled and echoed by the chants that said “Justice for Shanquella”.
The chants were further followed by calls and responses which went on. The calls featured the question that said what do they as the assembled crowd in want of and the response to this question of call was a loud clamor of the word “justice”.
The following call featured the question that said when do they, as the assembled crowd need the justice and the response to this question of call was a loud clamor of the word “now”.
Salamondra, the mother of deceased Shanquella Robinson in an exchange with the reporters recalled that on the occasion in which the companions who had accompanied Shanquella to Mexico returned none of them were able to provide a satisfactory and convincing answer to her.
All of the traveling companions had to Salamondra stories that were in conflict with each other and at that time she and her family were not able to get understand anything.
Robinson’s mother Salamondra continued that they, the companions, said that Shanquella was not feeling well and that she had alcohol poisoning. The mother also recalled that they could not get any pulse as each of the companions that were present there with her was telling her different stories.
Reportedly, the United States Department had previously said that there was no clear evidence to suggest that the death of Robinson is a case of murder.
Later on, receiving the death certificate of Shaquella, Salamondra noticed that the cause of death as per the certificate was not alcohol poisoning but a severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation.
Salamondra said that when the autopsy report came back, it said that the death did not have anything to do with alcohol. And what it said was her daughter had had a broken neck and her spine in the back had been cracked.
The Mexican authorities had issued a request for the extradition of a murder suspect from the U.S. which is still being processed. An arrest warrant was also issued in the name of the accused who is remaining unnamed.