A Leesburg woman charged March 2 in the death of her husband called 911 to report the crime to police after stabbing her spouse multiple times in their home, according to authorities.
Dae Hwang, 57, was immediately taken into custody and cooperative with authorities when police arrived on scene at the 1600 block of Chickasaw Place NW, according to Leesburg Police Lt. Jeffery Dube.
A Loudoun County District Court Judge ordered Dae Hwang to remain in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond following a March 4 arraignment. A preliminary hearing date has not been set.
Dae Hwang, according to police, is charged with killing her 63-year-old husband Kyung Hwang, who was found at about 6:05 a.m. by police in an upstairs bedroom.
Dube said police had never been called to the home before for reports of abuse or fighting.
"We had no history with those two. We had never been there. Detectives are still looking into the back story of this case and what caused this outburst of violence," he said.
The only history of a record Dae Hwang has is a 2010 traffic violation for improper driving. She received a $161 fine in that case.
Neighbors on March 4 described Kyung Hwang, a reverend at a church in Fairfax, as a generous man who worked hard to please everyone, especially his wife.
"If there was someone who deserved that the least it would be him, especially that it was his wife that killed him because he really did work extremely hard to keep her happy," said neighbor Tristan van Norden, who lived next door to the couple for nine years.
Kyung Hwang, who also worked at a Lowe's, could frequently be seen by neighbors leaving the couple's home before 5 a.m. to go to work. The husband worked overtime on weekends to be able to afford to take his wife on cruises, van Norden said.
"That's what makes it such a horrible thing. He did work so hard to make her happy," the neighbor said.
His death shocked and saddened the neighborhood, given the husband's good nature.
"I was very surprised. I wasn't shocked," van Norden said. "It's not outside of what's believable. She was definitely really hard on him."
van Norden said he knew the marriage was stressed, but never believed it would elevate to the level of murder.
"I know there was some stress there but … I wouldn't say he was the active participant. But I also know that if he was alive he wouldn't want his wife vilified anymore than she already has been," he said.
Kyung Hwang was known to give unneeded items to his neighbors.
"He was a very generous person. He was a very open person. There was nothing phony or fake about him. He was what every neighbor should be. He was someone you could count on," van Norden said.
Kyung Kwang's death is the first homicide in 2013 in the Town of Leesburg. Last year, the Town saw a murder-suicide in the fall when Izamar Carmona-Pacheco, 20, a Mexican National, was found dead Oct. 26 in her bedroom at The Fields of Leesburg. Her death was ruled a drowning.
The person of interest in her death was identified as Yosmil Mombla Gonzales, a 30-year-old Cuban National who lived in the same building.
Gonzales committed suicide Oct. 29, according to Master Police Officer Christopher Tidmore. He was found dead, hanging from a tree on the grounds of the Goose Creek Golf Course.