Earlier today I learned that my son’s friend was among the eight people killed by Spencer Hight at the Dallas Cowboys game watching party in Plano Sunday night.
My son, Adam, and Darryl Hawkins, 22, had worked together at Hendrick Volkswagen in Frisco, where Hawkins had just been promoted and was well-liked.
The shooting has left several employees in shock, particularly those who worked closely with Darryl. Adam said some have wondered why nobody told Darryl and the other party guests that Hight might cause trouble, but no evidence has been forthcoming suggesting he has or would.
The lives of several other Hendrick employees were likely also spared when they were unable to learn from Hawkins the address of the party to which they’d also been invited. Adam said they texted him several time but he never replied.
Adam told me the owner of the dealership volunteered to pay for Hawkins funeral in Arkansas and employees took up a collection for his family.
Family violence is and should be everybody’s business – to avoid horrific tragedies like this one and all the rest. We as a nation must not allow what goes on behind closed doors to continue.
Meredith Hight admitted during her divorce proceedings that, after Spencer lost his job at Texas Instruments, he had resorted to drinking too much and hit her once. She didn’t report the assault to police.
Please, please, please, family violence victims; report it to police when you are assaulted.