Texas school teacher found dead in her backyard met suspected killer through dating app

A Texas elementary school teacher found dead in her backyard with multiple gunshot wounds is said to have met her alleged killer through a dating app just a week before she was killed.

Police were responding to reports of a shooting at 9:50 p.m. Jan. 7 at the 1100 block of Oxford Mills Lane in Sugar Land, Texas, when they found Wendy Duan, 28, dead in their backyard.

The man she was dating, Charvas Thompson, 26, was arrested in connection with Wednesday’s murder in Louisiana, over 260 miles from the deadly shooting.

The two met through the dating app MeetMe, according to Duan’s mother, who declined to be named. She told KHOU11 that she wasn’t comfortable with the arrangement.

Texas elementary school teacher Wendy Duan, 28, was found dead in her backyard with multiple gunshot wounds

Duan is said to have met her alleged killer, Charvas Thompson, 26, through a dating app just a week before she was killed

Texas elementary school teacher Wendy Duan, 28, was found dead in her backyard with multiple gunshot wounds and is believed to have met her alleged killer, Charvas Thompson, 26, via a dating app just a week before she was killed

Thompson was arrested in connection with the murder, which took place Wednesday at the 1100 block of Oxford Mills Lane in Sugar Land Texas, Louisiana, over 260 miles from the fatal shooting

Thompson was arrested in connection with the murder, which took place Wednesday at the 1100 block of Oxford Mills Lane in Sugar Land Texas, Louisiana, over 260 miles from the fatal shooting

‘She showed me the picture. I don’t know his name. She said, “Do you like him?” I said “no,” Duan’s distraught mother recalled.

Despite her strong intuition and warning to Duan about the danger of meeting a stranger online, she never thought her daughter would die.

‘It’s incredible. The guy is very angry. He took her life. I hope this guy gets the full legal sentence,” she said.

Duan was a third grade art teacher at the Alief Independent School District and was named English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher of the Year in December 2021.

According to her mother, Duan was a dedicated teacher who put her students first.

“Every Thursday she asks me to go to the dollar store to buy gifts for kids,” she said.

According to her mother, Duan was a dedicated teacher who put her students first

Duan was a third grade art teacher at the Alief Independent School District and was named English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher of the Year in December 2021

Duan was a third grade art teacher at the Alief Independent School District and was named English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher of the Year in December 2021

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Thompson is being extradited to Texas right now. An arrest warrant was issued Sunday charging him with murder and setting his bail at $500,000.

In December 2021, Duan was named English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher of the Year, according to a post on her Facebook page.

“I still can’t believe I won ESL Teacher of the Year. I kept telling people there was no way I was going to win,” she wrote.

“Especially against other teachers who have been teaching a lot longer than I have. Thanks to the people who believed in me and voted for me!’

In a video posted to her Facebook page, the 28-year-old teacher can be seen grading school grades.

In the video, Duan can be seen waving her phone to a stack of papers she left to mark over the weekend.

“My a** hesitated because I’m just not one of those teachers who gives grades all week, so I’m waiting at the last minute and they’re due tomorrow,” she can be heard saying.

On her Instagram profile, the young educator wrote that she was an alumni of the University of Houston and of Chinese-Vietnamese descent.

Tributes flowed for the Texas teacher after news of her death spread to family and friends. One person said that Duan loved helping her community by posting pictures of her doing charity work

Tributes flowed for the Texas teacher after news of her death spread to family and friends. One person said that Duan loved helping her community by posting pictures of her doing charity work

The person Duan volunteered with wrote,

The person Duan volunteered with wrote, “Sad to learn that one of our volunteers, 29-year-old Wendy Duan, was killed.”

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The biography on her profile reads like an ominous homage to her feelings about life: “Live life to the fullest. We’re only getting older.”

The profile includes several pictures of the 28-year-old showing off her daily activities and hanging out with friends, as well as pictures of her car.

Some posts indicate that Duan has never been short of dating offers, with followers questioning her relationship status and some even asking her out.

In a video post on TikTok, Duan wrote, “When you realize your Tinder guy can actually sing while drunk doing karaoke,” indicating the 28-year-old had previously used other dating apps before “MeetMe “.

Tributes flowed for the Texas teacher after news of her death spread to family and friends.

“In the little moments I shared with her, she was a force of light. You can just say it. I remember going to her house and seeing all the cards on her fridge from her students and her school’s faculty members,” one person posted on Facebook.

“She was and still is loved by so many people and it breaks my heart that she lost her life. Nobody deserves that.

On her Instagram profile, the young educator wrote that she was an alumni of the University of Houston and of Chinese-Vietnamese descent

On her Instagram profile, the young educator wrote that she was an alumni of the University of Houston and of Chinese-Vietnamese descent

The biography on her profile reads like an ominous homage to her feelings about life:

The profile includes several pictures of the 28-year-old showing off her daily activities and hanging out with friends, as well as pictures of her car

The biography on her profile reads like an ominous homage to her feelings about life: “Live life to the fullest. we’re only getting older

Some posts indicate that Duan has never been short of dating offers, with followers questioning her relationship status and some even asking her out

Some posts indicate that Duan has never been short of dating offers, with followers questioning her relationship status and some even asking her out

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“When I met her we laughed and sang a Drake song and kept repeating ’21 can you do something for me’ all night, we ran into the freezing cold laughing and singing.

“She was a kind soul from what I knew of her and it breaks my heart that none of her friends and family will ever be able to experience that again.”

Another person Duan volunteered with said, “Sad to learn that one of our volunteers, 29-year-old Wendy Duan, was killed.”

“She wanted to do some good deeds in the community, so she came out to volunteer with us. She was a very friendly and soft-spoken person.

“We all had a good, sincere vibe with her. We prayed with her… Wow, you never know what a person is going through. Our sincere condolences to her family.’

The Alief Independent School District wrote in a statement, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Alief ISD staff member Wendy Duan.”

“She was a third grade literacy teacher at Boone Elementary School. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.

“She is a 2017 graduate of the University of Houston and was on the College of Education Dean’s List for Fall 2015-2017 and is the HAABE (Houston Area Association of Bilingual Educators) 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year.”

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Emma Colton

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