Beloved elementary school teacher killed in domestic violence shooting

Police suspect domestic violence killed a 28-year-old Texas woman. The victim was named 2021 “Teacher of the Year” at her elementary school on Saturday.

At about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Sugar Land police responded to calls about a shooting. Upon arrival, they found Wendy Duan dead with multiple gunshot wounds.

Duan taught third grade reading and language arts at Boone Elementary School in Houston. In December 2021, she posted on Facebook about being named the school’s Teacher of the Year, saying: “I still can’t believe that I won ESL teacher of the year lol The whole time I kept telling people that there’s no way that I would win, especially going against other teachers who have been teaching way longer than I have. Thanks to the people who believed in me and voted for me!”

A large portion of the educator’s Twitter feed was devoted to photos praising students and fellow teachers, as well as many expressions of her enthusiasm for teaching.

As a result of Daun’s death, Boone Elementary now has crisis counseling teams to assist students and staff that have been impacted.

According to the Alief Independent School District, Duan has been employed with the district since 2017. The district released a statement, sharing, “we are deeply saddened to learn about the tragic passing of Alief ISD employee Wendy Duan.”

Sugar Land Police Department posted a statement online identifying a suspect in Duan’s shooting. However, that person has not yet been taken into custody. In addition, the suspect’s name and relationship to the victim have not been released.