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Quarrel between Sinajana neighbors turns deadly

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - The Guam Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division has launched a death investigation after an incident in Sinajana turned violent between neighbors.

What started as a dispute between neighbors ended in tragedy this morning with the death of 56-year-old Sinajana resident, John Chargualaf.

"It was about 6:30 last night we received a report of a disturbance on Etton Lane in Sinajana. That's by the old Taitano U.S. Post Office there," explained Guam Police Department spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia. He says Chargualaf was burning in his yard, sparking the argument between the two men.

"Apparently what took place was two neighbors arguing. One neighbor burns a lot and right now burning is not allowed. The Guam Fire Department has put a stop to anyone burning due to the high fire danger rating this particular neighbor had brought that to the attention of the individual who was burning and they kind of got into arguing back and forth," he said.

Chargualaf's neighbor has been identified as Ryan Taitano.

According to Balajadia, Chargualaf became upset and started throwing rocks at Taitano. Chargualaf went to Taitano's house across the street, where Taitano pushed Chargualaf to the ground.

Chargualaf was transported to Naval Hospital for head injuries where he died around three this morning.

According to village mayor Robert Hoffman, this is not the first he's heard of tension between the two men. In the past, Taitano has reported Chargualaf for open burning to both the Sinajana Mayor's Office and the Guam Fire Department.

"The history between the two is documented between my office and GFD for a while," he noted. "It's a shock that it escalated to this point. And I think when people reach a boiling point of rage or whatever it was - both sides, whoever the aggressors were - that's the questions that are still out there. We just really want the public's respect. It is a tragedy because life was lost."

Hoffman confirms Chargualaf is longtime Sinajana resident who lives with his bedridden wife. Hoffman also says the neighbor moved to the village roughly three years ago. 

Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola confirms Chargualaf passed of a skull fracture with a contusion of the brain as a result of the fall.

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