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Biden administration responds to calls for intervention in Shanquella Robinson death case

by The Grio

The Biden administration has responded to Shanquella Robinson family’s calls to intervene in the case of her death in Mexico nearly five months ago. 

In a letter sent to President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday, attorneys representing the family requested “immediate diplomatic intervention” from the United States government, as no arrests have been made in the death of the 25-year-old U.S. citizen.

On Oct. 29, 2022, Shanquella Robinson, who was vacationing with six companions, was reported dead after suffering injuries at a luxury villa in Cabo.

Her family’s attorneys — famed civil rights lawyer Ben Crump and Sue-Ann Robinson — called on U.S. officials to release the U.S. suspects to Mexican authorities or request a concurrent jurisdiction to bring charges against them in American courts.

“Unfortunately, justice delayed is going to be justice denied in this case,” Sue-Ann Robinson told theGrio. “Every single day that passes, the evidence, the testimony, eyewitness recollection, those things dissipate day by day.”

The homicide case, which remains in the legal jurisdiction of Mexico, received international media attention after a viral cellphone video showed a female traveling companion and others violently attacking Shanquella Robinson.

In addition to the letter sent to the Biden administration, theGrio obtained copies of documents filed by the Baja California State Attorney General’s Office in Mexico investigating Shanquella Robinson’s homicide. 

Sue-Ann Robinson, who is not related to the deceased young woman, told theGrio that she and Crump sent the documents and letter to the White House and State Department to “close the gap on the administration’s ability to say … we can’t intervene because we don’t know what the ask is.” 

She continued, “Writing the letter and detailing specifically what the ask is and…

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