Man allegedly slit wife’s throat, played her favorite music while she bled out because she burned his passport

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A 21-year-old Vietnamese man living in Florida reportedly went into a rage after his wife burned his passport, allegedly slitting her throat, dragging her into a bathtub, and then holding her hand as she bled out listening to her favorite music.

After answering a wellbeing check, officers made the grizzly discovery at Charter Pointe Apartments in Altamonte Springs, which is a suburb of Orlando. They found the young wife’s body at 9:45 am on June 21, according to bodycam footage.

Seminole County Fire Department deputies found Nhu Quynh Pham’s lifeless form at the horrific scene in a pool of her own blood. She was 21.

Her husband Xichen Yang was not in the apartment where she was found. He was outside in a red Subaru when officers approached him with their guns drawn. They ordered him out of the vehicle and handcuffed him. He did not resist.

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The suspect’s boss, Michael Rathal, at Marco Polo Pools called 911 and told them that Yang had confessed to killing her over his passport and that he would not be into work that day. Yang confessed a second time to the police while he was being arrested, according to the Daily Mail.

“Yang called Rathel’s son, Michael Cole Rathel, and informed him he had stabbed his wife, killing her, and was attempting to clean up the evidence,” the elder Rathel allegedly told the dispatcher during the call.

Yang described in detail stabbing his wife and watching her crawl down the hallway before dragging her into the bathtub. In a complaint, Yang recounted the gruesome murder, laying out his cold-hearted actions while keeping her in the tub for at least ten minutes as he “played her favorite music” and “held her hand,” watching her as she bled out and died.

He reportedly tried to clean up the pools of blood after killing his wife. Blood was splattered all over the walls and floor.

According to Law & Crime, Pham had a “deep laceration to the left side of her neck” and her stomach had “pooled with blood.”

Yang admitted to flying into an uncontrolled rage after Pham burned his passport. He claimed in the complaint that he could have “stopped short” but decided not to. He asserted that was “not how he was raised” and that he is the kind of person that always “goes all the way.”

Altamonte Springs police reported that officers had been called to the couple’s residence three times previously. The most recent call came less than two weeks before Pham died, according to WKMG-TV.

“She called where he was doing self-harm to himself, and they had gotten into an altercation. There was a history of altercations,” police spokesperson Michelle Montalvo told the media outlet. “When officers got on scene and got all the details, they were able to determine he was doing self-harm to himself, and the victim was also concerned for him. He was taken into protective custody.”

The suspect has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder and tampering with physical evidence. He is being held without bond.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Pham’s family to pay for funeral expenses and to transport her back to Vietnam. Over $34,000 has been raised so far to help the family.

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