Girlfriend: Las Vegas shooter "never said anything to me'

By Ray Downs  |  Updated Oct. 4, 2017 at 8:47 PM
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Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, released a statement about her relationship with the gunman Wednesday and said she was unaware he was planning a massacre that killed 58 people and injured hundreds on Sunday.

"I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man. I loved him and hoped for a quiet future together with him," Danley said in the statement, which was read to reporters by her attorney, Matthew Lombard. "He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen."

Danley, who was born in the Philippines and has family there, said Paddock told her last month that he found a cheap ticket to her home country and wanted her to take a trip to visit family.

"Like all Filipinos abroad, I was excited to go home and see family and friends," she said.

Danley also addressed the $100,000 wire transfer Paddock made to the Philippines shortly before carrying out his attack and confirmed that it was sent to her.

"While there, he wired me money, which he said was for me to buy a house for my family," she said. "I was grateful, but honestly, I was worried that first, the unexpected trip home and then the money was a way of breaking up with me. It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone."

Danley said she flew back to the United States voluntarily this week to cooperate with authorities and their investigation.

"Anything I can do to help ease suffering and help in any way, I will do. Please respect my privacy and my family's privacy," she said.

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