Man slit wife’s throat, played her favorite song and held her hand as she died

A Florida man was arrested after allegedly confessing to slitting his wife’s throat, playing her favorite song, and holding her hand while she bled to death in a bathtub, Charmingpro reports.


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Altamonte Springs police said Xichen Yang, 21, was arrested Tuesday, June 21, on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the brutal slaying of his wife, Nhu Quynh Pham.



Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Ballard Street shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday to conduct a welfare check.



When the officers entered the apartment, they discovered Pham in the bathtub in a “pool of blood.”


As his wife died, he slit her throat, played her favorite song, and held her hand.


According to the report: “Pham had a deep laceration on the left side of her neck, with blood streaming from it. Blood was also pooling in her stomach.”


The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics who were called to the house.



According to police, they discovered a pair of pink rubber gloves and a bottle of cleaning disinfectant on the floor.



Yang was not inside the apartment when police arrived, but he was apprehended shortly afterwards.


Yang allegedly admitted to slitting his wife’s throat in a fit of rage during a police interview.


The 21-year-old told detectives that prior to the murder, “He could feel himself becoming increasingly enraged… and that he had the option of not killing her.”


When police asked Yang why he did not stop himself, he said, “that was not how he was raised, and he is the type of person who always ‘goes all the way.'”



According to the arrest report, Yang took Pham to the bathroom after slashing her throat.



“He placed Pham in the bathroom tub, ‘played her favorite music,’ and ‘held her hand’ for what he estimates to be approximately 10 minutes, until she died,” according to the police report.


Authorities claim he never called 911 for assistance.


According to police, Yang then began wiping his wife’s blood off the walls and floor.


Detectives then spoke with Yang’s employer at a pool maintenance company, who told them that when he called Yang early Tuesday to ask why he hadn’t shown up for work, “Yang said he was upset with his wife, Pham, because she had burned his passport.”


When Yang’s boss chastised him for being irresponsible, “Yang went on to tell him that he had actually done ‘unspeakable’ things and that he had murdered his wife,” cops wrote.


Yang was previously arrested on domestic violence charges following an incident involving his wife in January 2022, according to ClickOrlando.


Yang is being held without bond at the Seminole County jail. He is scheduled to appear in court for his first appearance on Thursday, July 23, followed by an arraignment on Aug. 2.


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