Killer of 8 in Texas was the estranged husband of one of the victims, her parents say – New York News

A passionate cook and hostess, Meredith Hight’s football watching party was to be the first gathering of friends she hosted on her own. She had filed for divorce from her husband, Spencer Hight, in July, and the cookout would bring new memories into the Plano, Texas, house the couple once bought together but shared no more.


“He was not moving on and she was,” Meredith’s mother, Debbie Lane, told the local news channel WFAA.

Meredith’s neighbors described hearing laughter as her friends – the car salesman, the yoga enthusiast, the groomsman at Meredith and Spencer’s wedding – showed up for a day of grilling and football, according to the Dallas Morning News and WFAA.

But when Spencer – reportedly depressed and armed with a gun – crashed the party at around 8 p.m., Meredith and her friends suddenly became the victims of one of Texas’ worst mass shootings. Spencer, identified as the shooter by Plano police on Tuesday, was fatally shot by an officer who arrived at the scene.

Officials identified the eight shooting victims on Tuesday. Police said nine gunshot victims were discovered at the home Sunday night. Seven died there, and two injured victims were taken to the hospital. One of those wounded victims later died.

The victims are Meredith Emily Hight, 27; Anthony Michael Cross, 33; Olivia Nicole Deffner, 24; James Richard Dunlop, 29; Darryl William Hawkins, 22; Rion Christopher Morgan, 31; Myah Sade Bass, 28; and Caleb Seth Edwards, 25.

An investigation by the Dallas Morning News portrayed a marriage celebrated joyfully on a Jamaican cruise but later marred by Spencer’s drinking problem, financial instability and…

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