Dozens of people attended a candlelight vigil Wednesday to remember 29-year-old Nancy Xiong at her home in East Anchorage.

Xiong was shot and died Sunday when the man she called her husband, 31-year-old Chue Yang, was allegedly showing her how to protect herself with a gun. During the investigation officers learned the relationship between the two was volatile. 

Xiong was the sixth of eight siblings and leaves behind five children, one of whom is 5 months old. 

"She was one of the brightest person you would ever meet," one mourner remembered. "She'd walk up to you and say hi."

"That is her," another said.

During the vigil, the youngest of the Xiong siblings remembered the bond he had with his sister. 

"Me and you were always the closest ones together," he recalled. "Even though I always do dumb things, we'd always make it funny. And I'd always make fun of your smile, but it's always the most beautiful smile ever."

Another mourner spoke and said she's taking the loss very hard. She said Xiong was her best friend and that they grew up together. "We are here tonight to celebrate her life and to let everybody remember what kind of person she was but not how she died."

She continued, saying, "Nancy was also a great mother of five, whom she loved more than life itself."

The family says it's setting up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses as well as to help support Xiong's children.

If you or someone you know are facing the threat or reality of domestic violence, help is available. Call Abused Women's Aid in Crisis in Anchorage at 907-272-0100 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. 

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