Family, friends gather to honor Nancy Xiong
On Wednesday, a small crowd gathered outside a home in Anchorage, with dozens of people lighting candles, laying down flowers and expressing their memories of a 29-year-old mother of five.
"She didn't deserve this," said Linda Xiong, sister of Nancy Xiong. "She didn't. She deserved the world. She didn't deserve the world to hear how she died."
Nancy Xiong was found shot dead in an Anchorage trailer park over the weekend. Police found a suspect in her husband, 31-year-old Chue Yang.
According to Anchorage police, Yang told authorities that he was teaching Xiong how to fire the weapon when it went off in his hands.
Law enforcement also said they found "evidence of a violent disturbance in the home."
"Nancy was the strongest person," said one relative, addressing the crowd. "She's gone through so much more than we will ever know."
Another sister said the situation was something no one thought would happen, but did, "in the blink of an eye."
"She always believed everything could be fixed," Linda Xiong said. "But domestic violence is real. I couldn't save her."
Nancy, described by family and friends as a good person with a bubbly spirit, was one of eight siblings. She left behind five young children, whom her siblings have vowed to take care of as their own. They are all left wishing that things were different.
"They were asking where mommy is. 'Is she coming home?'" Linda said.
Meanwhile, Yang is behind bars, facing charges of manslaughter and negligent homicide.