Victim divorced husband before he killed eight at NFL party

One of eight victims killed at a Texas football watch party had recently divorced the gunman before his Sunday night rampage, according to her family.

Meredith Lane, 27, was shot and killed at her house in Plano, where she was hosting friends to watch the Dallas Cowboys play the New York Giants, her mother told WFAA.

Lane’s ex-husband was not identified in the report, and police in Plano have not given the names of anyone found in the house of horror.

Court records seen by the Dallas Morning News show that Lane filed for divorce from Spencer Hight, 32, this summer and that the case was pending as of Monday, their sixth wedding anniversary.

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Meredith Lane, 27, was one of eight people shot and killed in Plano, Texas, at a Dallas Cowboys watch party.

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A Facebook page for Hight showed him making references to his “ex-wife” since April, including saying that people with red hair, as Lane did earlier this year, are “soulless” and instructions for “when your ex-wife is choking” that show a woman being slammed to the ground.

Lane had recently posted that she was looking for a roommate after having trouble paying her bills.

Violence erupted at her house around 8 p.m., according to witnesses, with police saying that an officer responded and fatally shot the gunman within minutes of gunfire breaking out.

Lane filed for divorce from her husband Spencer Hight this summer.

Lane filed for divorce from her husband Spencer Hight this summer.

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Plano police have not given names for the victims, though said at a Monday afternoon press conference that they were in the 20s and 30s. 

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Lane’s mother says she was not sure who was gathered around her daughter when violence erupted at their party.

“She was a cook, and a quite fine one, and she loved hosting friends and families,” Debbie Lane told WFAA of her daughter.

Law enforcement officers and investigators gather outside the scene of a shooting in Plano, Texas, on Sunday.

Law enforcement officers and investigators gather outside the scene of a shooting in Plano, Texas, on Sunday.

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“This was her first opportunity to do it after the divorce and he didn’t take it well.”

Plano Police Chief Gregory Rushin said Monday that mulitple guns of different types were found. 

He promised a thorough investigation, though added that his department’s resources were streched thin by the response to Harvey.

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