#JusticeForShanquella: Organizers send 1,000 ‘letters of concern’ to Mexican police

CHARLOTTE — The Million Youth March of Charlotte, other organizations, and the family of Shanquella Robinson marched Saturday from Little Rock AME Zion Church in Uptown Charlotte to the post office on McDowell Street to mail letters of concern to Mexico Saturday afternoon.

Robinson was killed in October 2022 while vacationing with friends in Mexico. She died from suffering a broken spine, investigators said.

Authorities in Mexico said an arrest warrant has been issued in the case, but there have not been any arrests.

“We reached out to the community and sent emails out asking the community and the nation to join us in writing letters to Mexico to try more pressure on them in getting justice for not only Shanquella Robinson, but her family, so they can begin the healing process,” said Mario Black, with the Million Man March of Charlotte and Salisbury.

Organizers encouraged participants to bring written letters ready to be placed into envelopes.

The envelopes were provided, and the goal was to mail 1,000 letters.

“Every time they see a pink envelope, they’re going to know we’re trying to put pressure on them to execute a warrant ... to lock up these individuals,” Civil Rights Activist John Barnett said.

Many participants said they didn’t know Robinson personally but wanted to be a part of the push for justice and closure for her family.

“It was very, very saddening. So now I want here is just to give love and support. And hopefully, we will be the ones to make the change and see a difference,” Mickey Bethea said.

There was a consistent period late last year when the case stayed in the news daily.

Black said Robinson’s family still needs that level of community dedication with the case.

“It’s the days after,” Black said. “And I want them to know that the days after are just as important as October and November with her homegoing service when the thousands of people and celebrities were here. These days are just as important as it was when it first happened. So that’s why I’m making it my mission to stay connected with them.”


VIDEO: Community gathers in Uptown to rally for justice for Shanquella Robinson

Jonathan Lowe

Jonathan Lowe, wsoctv.com

Jonathan is a reporter for WSOC-TV.

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