Six of the nine people who were fatally shot Sunday in Plano — including the gunman himself — had attended the University of Texas at Dallas, the university confirmed Thursday.
“I had no idea that the senseless violence that occurred Sunday night in Plano would have so many connections to UT Dallas and would impact so many lives,” UTD President Richard Benson said on Facebook. “With each passing day this week, it seems we have learned more details, and the news has only gotten worse.”
Spencer Hight killed his estranged wife, Meredith Hight, and seven others at the football watch party she was hosting, Plano police said. A ninth person was shot and remains hospitalized. An officer shot and killed Spencer Hight.
The Hights had been in the process of divorcing. Friends and relatives of the victims have said Spencer was friends with several of the people he killed.
The university, which is in Richardson, said the following victims had earned degrees:
* Anthony Cross, BA, 2007, Arts and Technology
* Olivia Deffner, BS, 2015, Marketing
* James Dunlop, BSEE 2011, MSEE 2015, Electrical Engineering
* Meredith Hight, BS 2013, Applied Mathematics
* Rion Morgan, BS 2008, Business Administration; Morgan was also working at UTD as manager of the Information Technology Help Desk.
Spencer Hight also attended UTD from 2006 to 2010, but did not receive a degree, the university said.
Benson said in his written statement that counseling is available to students, employees and their families.
“This has been a painful and difficult week for the community,” he said. ” Many lives are touched by this news. As Comets, we unite in extending our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.”