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FBI is probing death of North Carolina woman in Mexico who was seen on video being assaulted

FBI has started investigation in death last month An American woman in Mexico was seen being assaulted in a cell phone video that went viral.

The FBI confirmed in a statement to CBS News on Tuesday that it has “opened an investigation” into the death of Shankella Robinson of Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to the FBI statement, the death occurred “on or about October 29” in Cabo San Lucas. Mexican officials said last week that the death occurred in San Jose del Cabo, which is located about 20 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas. Both are located in the state of Baja California Sur.

In a November 17 statement, Mexican prosecutors said they were investigating the death of a woman, whom they identified only as a foreigner, at a resort development in San Jose del Cabo. However, at the time, a Mexican state official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, confirmed that the victim was 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 up another woman.

The video has been reposted several times on social media sites. In it a man with an American accent can be heard saying “Can you at least fight back?” The young man who intervened in the fight was not seen.

Mexican prosecutors said police found Robinson dead in the villa on 29 October.

Shankella’s mother, Salmondra Robinson, told CBS News in an interview last week that investigators in Mexico were treating her daughter’s death as a homicide.

“I’m glad to hear that,” she said.

Salamondra said friends of Shankella initially told him she had become ill from alcohol poisoning. But later, she learned that there had been a fight, and an autopsy found that she had injuries to her spine and neck.

The autopsy showed that “her death had nothing to do with alcohol,” Salamondra said.

Mexican officials said they could not confirm the cause of death as it was part of an ongoing investigation.

When Salamondra saw the video, she said she knew it was her daughter. This raised questions as to why no one intervened in the alleged beating, or why the people she was traveling with could have beaten her.

“She wasn’t fighting back from anybody. She didn’t even have a chance,” Salamondra said. “Nobody tried to stop it.”

Salmondra said the group Shankela was traveling with were people she went to college with.

“One of the boys was supposedly his best friend,” she said. “And he went on family visits with us, you know? And he went to the family home.”

Salamandra said she had not seen him since he received the results of the autopsy. She said she hoped she could get more answers about what happened to her daughter, who she described as having a “heart of gold”.

“She loved everyone. She didn’t mistreat anyone. Never. No one could possibly ever say anything bad about her because she was such a good person,” Salmondra said.

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