MEREDITH Lane was the happiest she had been in years.
The couple had been married since 2011 – their wedding took place on a Jamaican cruise – but the romance ended after Ms Lane confided to her family about his drinking problem and his violence towards her.
Last week, she was hosting an American Football viewing party in Plano, Texas, with several close friends, including some who had been in her wedding party, when Hight, 32, arrived – with a gun.
He opened fire on the group, shooting his estranged wife and seven others dead. All but one died at the scene.
Debbie Lane told NBC affiliate DFW she spent that last meeting helping her get the house ready for the party.
“[She was] getting things ready for her to celebrate her newly reclaimed single life,” Mrs Lane said.
Ms Lane was looking to go back to study and was happy.
When her mother heard the devastating news, she knew at once who the gunman was.
“There was nobody else. Nobody else who would consider doing such a thing.”