Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, recently released a written statement regarding the recent Las Vegas gun massacre. Her attorney, Matt Lombard, read the statement to the Los Angeles news media yesterday.
After the gunman murdered a total of 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, investigators turned to those who were in connection with Paddock. They discovered that his girlfriend was in the Philippines while the attack took place.
She has offered full cooperation to F.B.I. investigators and the Las Vegas Police Department. Her statement expressed that she was completely unaware of the attack that Paddock planned.
“It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone,” wrote Danley.
Paddock had flown Danley out to the Philippines to be with her family. He covered the expenses and reportedly ceased to mention the violence he was planning.
“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.”
She additionally addressed why she waited until now to release a statement about the shooting.
“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.”
Reports additionally indicated that Paddock had wired a significant amount of money into Danley’s account during her stay in the Philippines. She said that Paddock had given her the money to buy a house for her family, according to the statement.
Her account of Paddock’s personality did to align with the nature of the horrific events he carried out.
“I knew Stephen as a kind, caring man,” wrote Danley.
As for the victims and their families and friends, Danley addressed them directly, writing:
“I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred and my prayers go out to the victims and families and all those who have been hurt by these awful events.”
No further statements have been released.