Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of the Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock, has returned from the Philippines and released a statement through her attorney on Wednesday.
“Good afternoon. I want to thank everyone for their patience. I want to let everyone know that we are fully cooperating with the FBI and the Las Vegas Police Department about these horrible, unspeakable acts of violence. It’s taken us this long to make a statement because it’s important that we respect the investigative process. We wanted the FBI and the Las Vegas Police Department to have the first opportunity to talk to my client, Marilou Danley, about everything that she knew about Stephen [Paddock]. That being said, I have a statement to read from my client, Marilou Danley.
“I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred, and my prayers go out to the victims and their families and all those who have been hurt by these awful events. I have faith in god and I will continue to pray for everyone who has been harmed or hurt. I am a mother and a grandmother and my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones.
“I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man. I loved him and hoped for a quiet future together with him. 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.
“A little more than two weeks ago, Stephen told me he found a cheap ticket for me to the Philippines and that he wanted me to take a trip home to see my family. Like all Filipinos abroad, I was excited to go home and see family and friends. While there, he wired me money, which he said was for me to buy a house for me and my family.
“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 anyway whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone.
“I have not made a statement until now because I have been cooperating with the authorities and I voluntarily flew back to American because I knew that the FBI and the Las Vegas Police Department wanted to talk to me and I wanted to talk to them. I will cooperate fully with their investigation. Anything I can do to help ease suffering and help in anyway, I will do.
“Please respect my privacy and my family’s privacy. Thank you.”
This is the first statement Danley has released since the Las Vegas massacre on October 1.