Canadian bride dies on first day of honeymoon in Mexico

Shannon Amy Guy and her husband Paul Guy are seen in this wedding photo taken in August. Shannon...

Shannon Amy Guy and her husband Paul Guy are seen in this wedding photo taken in August. Shannon died Oct. 16, 2013 on the first day of her Mexico honeymoon after the balcony of her resort room collapsed beneath her. (Facebook/QMI AGENCY)

Danielle Bell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:49 PM ET

A tragic picture has emerged of the final moments of a Carleton Place woman's life before she fell to her death in Mexico on Wednesday.

Shannon Amy Guy, 24, newly married to Paul Guy, was excited about a tropical getaway after getting married in August.

But the honeymoon barely had time to get started.

As the mother of two posed for a picture with another couple on third-floor balcony of the room at the Tulum Oasis resort, the glass panels gave way.

Debra Simonton, a Loveland, Colo., resident at the resort, came upon the scene right after it happened.

"The new groom was in the doorway to the room taking a picture of his new bride," Simonton said. "They went to give him the best shot of the ocean behind them, and the glass broke out from behind them."

Shannon died at the scene while two others were taken to hospital.

Paul was in rough shape, Simonto said.

"He was severely in shock and had actually fallen on the ground in the spa area and was alone when (another guest) found him," Simonton said. "He had been hitting the walls, he was just really messed up and shouldn't have been left alone."

Simonton blamed flimsy glass panels for the accident, though hotel staff suggested alcohol played a role -- something the woman disputed.

A friend of the bride said Shannon's top priority was taking care of her young daughters, Kaydence, 3, and Harmony, eight months.

"She was dedicated to her kids 24/7," Amanda Scantland said, fighting tears. "(She was) the type of mom that would do anything for her children and it was always about her children. It was never about her."

As news of the tragedy spread Friday, condolences continued to pour in from grieving friends.

"No words can describe the pain that you and your family are enduring right now, but I hope you can use them as strength to get through the days that will follow you ahead," wrote a friend on the Facebook page of Ted Murray, Shannon's father.

Canadian foreign affairs officials have confirmed the death of one Canadian and injuries to two others but have not released any further details.

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