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Updated: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:41:44 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Shannon Amy Guy killed after balcony collapses on honeymoon



Shannon Amy Guy, left, was killed when the balcony of her honeymoon suite in Tulum, Mexico, collapsed beneath her. She had been on a honeymoon with her husband Paul Guy, right, who was not injured. Facebook

Shannon Amy Guy, left, was killed when the balcony of her honeymoon suite in Tulum, Mexico, collapsed beneath her. She had been on a honeymoon with her husband Paul Guy, right, who was not injured. Facebook

An Ottawa-area woman and mother of two young children is dead after the balcony she was standing on in a Mexican hotel collapsed as her husband was taking photos during their honeymoon.

Shannon Amy Guy, from Carleton Place, Ont., near Ottawa, was married to Paul Guy on Aug. 2. They travelled to Tulum, Mexico, on Tuesday and were staying at the Oasis Tulum resort south of Cancun.

Paul Guy was taking photographs of his wife and another Canadian couple they had met at the resort when the balcony of the honeymoon suite they were standing on collapsed, said Paul Guy's mother, Darlene Guy.

All four fell to the ground. Shannon Amy Guy was killed, and her husband and the couple they had met were injured.

They had been transferred into the honeymoon suite, a friend told CBC News.

Darlene Guy said the couple had been living together for years before they married. Their two daughters are seven months old and three years old.

'He feels sorry because it wasn't him'

"I don't know what's going to happen," Darlene Guy said. "I can't believe that they're not going to see their mom. We still have to tell them. We haven't told them."

Darlene Guy said her son, who called from an intensive-care unit in Tulum to deliver the news two days ago, is distraught.

"He just kept saying, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.' He feels sorry because it wasn't him," his mother said. "... He's crying so much that we can't make anything out."

Shannon Amy Guy had been on maternity leave. She studied community and justice services at Algonquin College in Ottawa and went to high school in Carleton Place.

'She was a beautiful girl'

"She was a beautiful girl," Darlene Guy said. "She was kind, she was considerate, she was very very close to me and my husband. She was here twice a week and we'd see them so often. We'd take the kids.

"She was a happy person. She was always smiling."

In an emailed statement, a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development said, "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the Canadian who passed away and the 2 other Canadians who were injured.

"Canadian consular officials in Mexico are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information and are providing consular assistance to those affected," the spokesman said.

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