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Woman in Guam beach attack speaks out

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Shauna Burrier said she was excited when she decided to move from Colorado to Guam in January.

“I love to scuba dive and I am beach girl and love the water,” Burrier said. “Having come here, I’ve enjoyed the food very much so and the different cultures. Just everything about it has been pretty amazing.”

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Shauna Burrier talks about an altercation that occurred between her and a group of beachgoers at Matapang Beach in April.  Photo by Haruo Simion/The Guam Daily Post

She’s a flight attendant. She said she had a list of things to cross off her bucket list while living in this region.

“It’s a beautiful place. I wanted to immerse myself in the community and really enjoy living here,” she said.

A few months had passed before Burrier found herself in a rather scary situation while she was at Matapang Beach in Tumon.

Beach attack

Burrier was the woman seen on a widely shared video captured in April.

It showed her at Matapang Beach being physically assaulted by members of a group of young people after a verbal argument recorded by both sides.

“I lied down, fell asleep for a while and then got back up again. I get up and dust my towel, then I noticed this group coming my way,” she said, recalling there were more than a dozen people in the group.

“I thought, ‘This doesn’t look good for me,’” she said. “The lady walked up and said, ‘What did you say to my daughters?’ and I said, ‘I beg your pardon?’ She said, ‘My daughter said you said something to her and this is a public beach.’ I said, ‘Whoa, whoa, I didn’t say anything.’ This carried on for a while and at this point, I realized this was not going to be a win-win situation for me.”

Burrier was heard in the video saying she’s going to the police as she walked toward the parking lot. She said she was in fear of being attacked.

“I was getting irritated too, and you know things don’t go well when you get to that point, so I started walking away. I said, ‘Look, I don’t know what is going on and I think you got the wrong one,’” she said. “I started walking up toward the hotel and right about that time there was a young lady walking at me. I could tell it was going to be a shoulder bump kind of thing. I think we touched shoulders and at this point she said, ‘You bumped me.’ I said, ‘No, dear.’ She turned around and at that point, that’s when I got sucker-punched.”

The video showed Burrier holding up her cellphone, taking video or photos of the others at the beach before she was physically assaulted.

“As far as me antagonizing them by turning back around to do that, I used my phone in case something was going to happen. But I kept on going,” she said.

She was then chased through the parking lot where she had retreated.

Police complaint

Burrier said she reported the incident to Guam police, who she said classified it as a disturbance. Authorities have yet to release new details of their investigation.

“I am kind of stunned about what happened because I was welcomed, I thought, with open arms and was having fun,” she said.

The attack left her out of work for more than a month as she recovered from her injuries and the trauma.

“More than anything, I was a little saddened by it all. I don’t know why that happened. I really wish it hadn’t,” she said. “I am just really shocked. What I was accused of, I did not do. I am a little disappointed at the parents for allowing that to continue without hearing anything I had to say.”

She said she remains apprehensive each time she goes out in public.

“I spent a lot of time on the beaches and never had any issues,” she said. “I just want to be able to go back and enjoy myself on the beach again without any concerns like that. I enjoy the people. I was really stunned by the whole thing.”