Domestic Violence: Wendy Duan found dead in the backyard, What happened to the Houston elementary school teacher?


Domestic Violence: Wendy Duan found dead in the backyard, What happened to the Houston elementary school teacher?

Domestic Violence: After a domestic violence incident, a teacher from Alief ISD was discovered dead in her backyard, according to police. Let’s find out what happened to Wendy Duan and her cause of death in detail.

What happened to Wendy Duan?

Police say a teacher from Alief ISD died Saturday night as a result of domestic abuse. At 9:50 p.m., officers from the Sugar Land Police Department responded to reports of a shooting in the New Territory neighborhood’s 1100 block of Oxford Mills Lane.

Tony Thomas, a neighbor, described hearing four distinct gunshots out of the blue. “It was extremely frightening at the time, so I dropped whatever I was doing and walked outside,” Thomas said.

Officers arrived to find a 29-year-old lady shot numerous times dead in the backyard. Police eventually identified the woman as Wendy Duan, an elementary school teacher at Alief ISD.

Police Investigation

Another neighbor, Sandy Thomas, recalled, “We’d talk to each other, and she told me she’s a teacher, so not much conversation, but she seemed like a nice girl; we would see each other on and off sometimes.”

Investigators have named a man as a suspect and believe that the shooting is connected to domestic abuse. Also, the Police said they have a suspect identified, but he is currently not in custody. According to Alief ISD, Duan has been employed by the district as a teachers’ assistant since 2017, noting:

“We are devastated to hear of the unfortunate demise of Wendy Duan, a worker for Alief ISD. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time.”


Domestic and family violence cases in the Houston area have increased at an alarming rate. Victims often suffer in silence because they feel scared, helpless, or ashamed. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, here are some discreet ways to reach out for help.

The Houston Area Women’s Center has a 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic violence at 713-528-2121 or 1-800-256-0551.

The Family Time Crisis Center can also be reached 24 hours a day at 281-446-2615.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Crisis Text LineText START to 88788.



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