Marilou Danley, girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, has broken her silence about the mass shooting that left 59 people dead Sunday night. CNN reports that Danley, who was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting, returned to the United States this week to cooperate with authorities.
Her lawyer, Matthew Lombard, read a statement from Danley aloud to the media at a press conference Wednesday. In the statement, Danley insisted she knew nothing about Paddock planning a shooting, She said Paddock told her he found a cheap flight for her to the Philippines, and so she went to visit family and friends. While she was there, she said, Paddock wired her money and told her to buy a house for her and her family. Danley, who had lived with Paddock in Mesquire, Nevada, said she thought her boyfriend was breaking up with her.
“I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man. I loved him and hoped for a quiet future together with him,” her statement reads. “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.”
Watch Lombard read Danley’s full statement:
And read the full transcript below:
“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 any way 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 America because I know that the F.B.I. and 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 any way, I will do. Please respect my privacy and my family’s privacy.”