When Tammy Lawrence-Daley went on vacation with her husband and the couple’s best friends she expected to be able to relax and enjoy all that their all-inclusive resort had to offer.
At the end of January, two couples took a lavish trip to the Dominican Republic. They were looking forward to a week-long vacation, but on the second night things took a tragic turn.
“How do you explain to your kids you were almost killed by some random stranger and that ‘Mommy is coming home, but I don’t look like myself’? How do you look into your parents eyes as they gaze upon your battered face telling them, ‘I’m okay, I’ll be okay,’” Lawrence-Daley wrote in an emotional Facebook post.
After a night of fun, the couple went back to their rooms around 10:30 p.m. Lawrence-Daley tried to order room service, but it didn’t work so she decided to go to the resort’s lounge for some food.
She went to get a snack at the bustling resort she found herself fighting for her life. Now, she’s sharing the horrifying details of the traumatic attack.
“I ended up bypassing the lounge in our building, and opted to go to the lounge in the next building, which was on the beach. I thought I could get some pictures of the moon on the water, but I never made it to the beach.”
As the mom of two walked between the buildings she noticed the hallway was “eerily quiet,” but it didn’t cause her too much alarm.
“I took about 10 or so steps just swinging my wristlet back and forth, not a care in the world,”. “That’s when I heard it. Heavy footsteps… one, two, three, four, then they sped up, and then before I could react I was plowed into from behind and immediately immobilized.” she wrote
Lawrence-Daley was severely attacked. The next eight hours were spent in what she referred to as the “hole.”
“I call it a hole because that’s what it felt like when I was in it,” she said to people. “I couldn’t go anywhere. I couldn’t stand up and I couldn’t find my way out… I had no clue where I was. All I knew was I was in this hole basically buried alive.”
When Lawrence-Daley was beaten, kicked, strangled, and possibly sexually assaulted, her husband and friends looked though out the grounds for her. Supposedly resort staff were unhelpful in looking for Lawrence-Daley.
She was found the morning after, she heard voices coming from the floor above her and she was able to shout for help. Lawrence-Daley had a broken nose, a fractured hand, and partial hearing loss in one of her ears. Since the attack, the mother of two wants to warn other women to be on the lookout.
She’s warning others who travel to lavish resorts.
“This man thought he killed me, but he failed. He is still out there, a predator, waiting for his next victim. Only the next woman may not be so fortunate. Please, please do not walk alone.
These attacks are happening too frequently and the criminals are NOT being prosecuted even though evidence is found. Victims are not being compensated for medical or pain and suffering, and the resorts are not held liable.”
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