Dozens release balloons for Shanquella Robinson’s 26th birthday
Dozens gathered around Shanquella Robinsonat the grave on Sunday, releasing hundreds of balloons as her mother tearfully watched, as the family continues to seek justice and answers to her mysterious death.
“She’s smiling at us” mum says on what would have been Shanquella Robinson’s 26th birthday
“She’s smiling at us,” Shanquella’s mother, Salamondra Robinson, told the Charlotte Observer. “We have good days and bad days, but we’re out here to celebrate.”
The crowd sang “Happy Birthday” together, as family and friends had to celebrate Shanquella’s first birthday without her.
NC supporters gather to remember Shanquella Robinson’s life on eve of birthday https://t.co/d43lO5PAgd pic.twitter.com/QEZGlx6u7H
— CBS 17 (@WNCN) January 9, 2023
“She would tell you what she wanted for her birthday and that’s what we would buy,” said her mother.
Shanquella died at 25 back on October 29 when her lifeless body was found in the Mexican town she was renting with several friends. She would have turned 26 on Monday.
Meanwhile, next week will be two months since Salamondra buried her daughter at the Beatties Ford Memorial Garden in Huntersville. Mexican authorities have said an arrest warrant has been issued in the case, but police have yet to make an arrest as of Tuesday.
#ShanquellaRobinson I just got this text that family and friends are planning to meet this Sunday at 3pm at Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens one day before what would have been Shanquella’s 26th birthday. The public is invited to help raise her name so that justice can be served. pic.twitter.com/ySVhc7epoN
— Erica Bryant (@EricaExclusive) January 6, 2023
Family says jail time is the only justice the family will receive as they were arrested, extension remains uncertain
Her death came amid suspicious circumstances, including a now-viral video showing a woman believed to be Robinson being beaten naked by an assailant the trip with her The Shadow Room previously reported.
Last month, Shanquella’s sister said that jail time is the only justice the family will accept for whoever is responsible for her death.
“Everybody getting arrested and doing time in Mexico. Everyone putting them out there and doing their time there. That would be justice for us so far,” said Quilla Long.
The FBI and authorities in Mexico have since launched investigations, which are still ongoing.
— Towanna Campbell (@TowannaCampbell) January 10, 2023
Shanquella’s mother says she has not yet been arrested but “In God’s time, it will happen”
On Sunday, Salamondra Robinson said she had not yet heard if anyone had been arrested or if the extradition had begun.
“We’re waiting to see and I know it will happen,” she said. “In God’s time, it will happen. That’s what I’m waiting for.”
Last month, a rally was held in Shanquella’s native Charlotte, North Carolina, where community members and family members of the young women who were killed came together in the name of the 25-year-old, The Shadow Room reported.
The rally was organized by the Million Youth March of Charlotte and Salisbury and was held at Zion Little Rock AME Church.