Who is Xichen Yang? Angry Florida man, 21, slit wife’s throat and played her favorite music as she died
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SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA: A Florida man has been arrested for viciously slicing his wife's neck, dragging her into a bathtub and playing her favorite music as she bled to death. Xichen Yang, 21, admitted to police that he killed his wife, Nhu Quynh Pham, on Monday, June 20 in the apartment they shared in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Yang, who has now been charged with first-degree murder and evidence tampering, informed police that he killed his wife because she had destroyed his passport. According to the lawsuit, officers and emergency responders discovered Yang's wife 'lying in a pool of blood in a bathtub located in the bathroom directly to the right of the front entrance to the apartment.'
Police then discovered Yang, who was then charged with first-degree premeditated murder and tampering with tangible evidence, according to a statement from ASPD. Yang is said to have admitted to the horrific murder of his wife while being detained, giving details of the knife he used, how she crawled down the hallway, and how he dragged her into the bathtub.
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According to Law&Crime, in the lawsuit, he acknowledged holding her under the water for at least 10 minutes as he ‘played her favorite music’ and ‘held her hand’ until she passed away. He began to wipe up the pools of blood that were splattered all over the walls and floor after she passed away before leaving the scene. According to the police, the woman suffered a severe laceration to the left side of her neck and pooled blood in her stomach. Pham passed away at around 9:13 am local time, according to the authorities.
Yang allegedly told police that when Pham destroyed his passport, he fell into a rage and had the option to 'stop short' but decided not to. He told authorities that was 'not how he was raised’ and that he is the type of person who always 'goes all the way,', Law & Crime reported.
Who is Xichen Yang?
At Marco Polo Pools in Orlando, Florida, Yang apparently held a technician position. He is a 2019 graduate of Oviedo High School. Michael Rathal, who was Yang's boss, was the person who called 911 and told the dispatcher that Yang claimed he had just killed his wife, according to the complaint. Rathel claimed that he called Yang at about 8:26 am to find out why he hadn't arrived for work. Yang allegedly confessed to his supervisor that he had done 'unspeakable' things and that he killed his wife and Rathal chastized Yang for being irresponsible.
Police said Yang was previously arrested following a domestic violence incident in January 2022. At the time officers observed “minor redness on the face of the victim,” who was identified as Pham. At the time of the incident, Yang and Pham had been married six months, but lived in separate locations, according to an arrest affidavit.
The young victim, Nhu Quynh Pham, was from Vietnam and a GoFundMe has been created to help raise money to assist Pham's family with funeral expenses, and to help transport her back to her country. As of now, nearly $15,655 has been raised from 221 donations.