The eight victims of the mass murder committed in Plano, Texas, on Sunday have now been identified, as has the killer.
Police say Spencer Hight, 32, burst into the home of his estranged wife, 27-year-old Meredith Lane, as she hosted an NFL viewing party and opened fire.
Eight people were killed while a ninth victim, who hasn’t been named, remains in the hospital. Hight was shot dead by a cop shortly after.
In a state of fury, Hight turned the gun on some of his own friends, such 31-year-old Rion Morgan, who was a groomsman when Hight and Lane were married.
The other victims are: Anthony ‘Tony’ Cross, 33; Olivia Deffner, 24; James Dunlop, 29; Darryl William Hawkins, 22; Myah Bass, 28; and Caleb Edwards, 25.
Lane had filed for divorce from Hight, citing ‘discord or conflict of personalities,’ earlier in the year – had not filed a restraining order.
The pair stopped living together in March; Monday would have been the sixth anniversary of their wedding.
Lane’s mom, Debbie Lane, told WFAA 8 that her daughter ‘was a cook, and a quite fine one, and she loved hosting friends and families.
‘This was her first opportunity to do it after the divorce and he didn’t take it well.’
One of Lane’s guests was Darryl Hawkins, his friend Zully Romo said. Romo, who was spotted by CBS DFW near the taped-off crime scene on Monday, had noted that Hawkins hadn’t turned up for work on Monday.
‘Little by little I started connecting pieces and unfortunately, it led me here,’ she said. ‘It led me here to find out that he’s not with us anymore.’
Hawkins, who worked at a local Acura dealership as a sales consultant, brought people together with his ‘positive vibe,’ Romo said.
Hawkins’ family members also visited the scene on Monday, but declined to comment; so, too, did the family of another man, Tony Cross.
Carmen Carola, who said Cross was her boyfriend’s best friend, described the slain motion caption animator as cheerful and loving.
‘He was just full of love. He had nothing by love in his heart,’ she said. ‘He was an amazing person, inside and out.’
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Source: Daily Mail