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'Deeply saddened' | Alief ISD confirms assistant teacher killed in Sugar Land shooting

Wendy Duan, 28, was an assistant elementary school teacher for Alief ISD. The district said she's been with them since 2017.

SUGAR LAND, Texas — A young Alief ISD teacher was killed Saturday in a suspected case of domestic violence, according to police.

The district has identified her as Wendy Duan, 28. She joined Alief ISD in 2017 and had been teaching 3rd-grade reading and writing at Boone Elementary.

Just before 10 p.m. Saturday, police were called to a home on Oxford Mills Lane, which is in the New Territory subdivision, after neighbors reported hearing several gunshots. 

When police arrived they found Duan dead in her backyard with multiple gunshot wounds. She was the only person living in the home, according to police. 

Investigators said they know who the gunman is, but he is currently not in custody.  

Duan has been described as a young and vibrant individual by her neighbors. 

"It’s so sad to hear the news and we all are really shocked," said neighbor Saly Thomas.

Duan's public Twitter account is filled with photos showing her love for teaching and her students.  Alief ISD said students and staff at the school are heartbroken over her loss.

"We are deeply saddened to learn about the tragic passing of Alief ISD employee Wendy Duan. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time," the district wrote in a statement 

The district said it will have crisis counseling teams at the school for as long as they're needed.

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Resources for victims of domestic or family violence

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 Line: Text START to 88788.

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