Marilou Danley, girlfriend of Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock, breaks her silence

The girlfriend of Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock broke her silence Wednesday, saying she had no idea her boyfriend was planning the bloodthirsty rampage that left at least 58 people dead.

“It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone,” Marilou Danley said in a statement read by her lawyer Matthew Lombard after her meeting with FBI and Las Vegas Police investigators in Los Angeles.

“I have not made a statement until now because I have been cooperating with the authorities,” she said. “I voluntarily flew back to America because I know that the FBI and Las Vegas Police Department wanted to talk to me. And I wanted to talk to them.”

Danley said she was out of the country on a trip paid for by Paddock.

She thought the trip was Paddock's way “of breaking up with me,” she said.

What we know about Las Vegas shooting suspect Stephen Paddock
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What we know about Las Vegas shooting suspect Stephen Paddock
Stephen Paddock, 64, allegedly opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, leaving at least 59 people dead and hundreds injured.

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He reportedly used a hammer-like tool to break out two windows at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Stephen Paddock was reportedly a high-stakes gambler that lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada.

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His father was Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, a bank robber and former FBI Most Wanted Fugitive.

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Paddock killed himself before authorities breached his hotel room and investigators say he acted alone.

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Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting but he reportedly used her identification to check in at the Mandalay Bay hotel.

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Stephen Paddock lived in this home in Melbourne, Florida from 2013 to 2015.

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Police said Paddock had no criminal record.

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NBC News reported that Paddock made several large gambling transactions in recent weeks, but that it wasn't clear if they were wins or losses.

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Paddock reportedly purchased firearms at  Guns & Guitars, a gun shop in Mesquite, Nevada. 

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Paddock's brother, Eric, said his sibling belonged to no political or religious organizations, and had no history of mental illness.

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Paddock's brother described him as a "wealthy guy" and said he liked to play video poker and go on cruises.

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He worked as an accountant and had real estate investments, according to the Washington Post. 

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Paddock had his pilot license and owned at least one plane, according to Reuters.

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“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 added.

Danley arrived in Los Angeles Tuesday night and met with investigators at the FBI's headquarters in Los Angeles for several hours.

Danley, 62, was thousands of miles away in the Philippines when police first revealed her identity and said she might hold the key to why Paddock set up a sniper’s nest on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and rained death on a country music festival.

Before she met with investigators, ABC News reported she told her brother she had a “clear conscience” and wanted to clear her name.

“I called her up immediately and she said, 'Relax, we shouldn't worry about it. I'll fix it. Do not panic. I have a clean conscience,'" her bother, Reynaldo Bustos, told ABC News.

Police named Danley a person of interest as they investigate the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Victims of the Las Vegas shooting
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Victims of the Las Vegas shooting
Chris Roybal of Southern California, was a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan, ABC News said. He was 28.

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Sonny Melton (pictured right) is seen with his wife Heather, who survived the shooting.

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Quinton Robbins, 20, is described by his aunt as "the most kind and loving soul."

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Jordan McIldoon (left), 23, of British Columbia, was confirmed dead by his parents as well as fellow concert-goer Heather Gooze, who said McIldoon died in her arms. 

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Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Jordan McIldoon, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS

Jassica Klymchuk, a single mother of 4, was visiting Las Vegas from Alberta with her fiancé. 

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Lisa Romero worked as a secretary at her local high school in Gallup, New Mexico. 

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Denise Burditus, of West Virginia, was attending the concert with her husband, and died in his arms. 

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Rachael Parker was a records technician for the Manhattan Beach Police Department in California, she was 33. 

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Susan Smith worked for the Simi Valley Unified School District in California.

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Adrian Murfitt was a commercial fisherman in Anchorage, Alaska, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. He was 35.

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John Phippen of Santa Clarita, California, was a father of five, grandfather of one and owned a remodeling and repair company. 

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Angie Gomez was a 2015 graduate of Riverside Polytechnic High School in California.

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Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Angie Gomez, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS

Dana Gardner (pictured left) was attending the concert with her daughter, according to a GoFundMe page set up in her memory.

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Rhonda LeRocque attended the concert with her husband, and their 7-year-old daughter, who were not injured, according to the Boston Globe.

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Jenny Parks was a wife, mother to two young children and a teacher, according to a GoFundMe account set up in her memory.

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Nesya Tonks was the mother of three boys, according to a GoFundMe set up by her employeer, Technologent.

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Hannah Ahlers is survived by her husband and three children.

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Carrie Barnette, 34, was in Las Vegas for a friends 30th birthday party.

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Sandy Casey had taught special education for 9 years at the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. 

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Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Sandy Casey, is seen in this undated social media photo

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Thomas Day Jr. is survived by his four children who attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival with him. 

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Charleston Hartfield, 34, was an off-duty Las Vegas police officer, youth football coach, and military veteran. Our…

Bailey Schweitzer was only 20 years old and had just started working at Infinity Communications and consulting as a receptionist 7 months ago. 

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Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Bailey Schweitzer, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS
Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Melissa Ramirez, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS
Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Jack Beaton, is seen in this undated social media photo obtained by Reuters October 3, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS
Christiana Duarte had begun working at her first full-time job since graduated college, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Stacee Etcheber was a mother and wife to a San Francisco Police Dept. officer.

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Jennifer Topaz Irvine was a family law attorney based in San Diego, according to CBS News.

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A fourth Kern County resident has passed away: Family of 27 y.o. Kelsey Meadows, confirm that she is the fourth Ker…
Calla Medig was described as a kind-hearted young woman with a beaming smile, according to CBC News in Canada.

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Cameron Robinson (pictured right) was an amazing friend, son, brother, uncle, cousin, coworker and boyfriend known for his love of cooking and dancing, according to a fundraising page set up in his memory.

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Family tells me Kurt Von Tillow from Cameron Park was killed in #LasVegasShooting. Say he ❤️ his country. Always wo…

Bill Wolfe Jr. was a loving husband and a wrestling coach in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

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A fundraising account set up for Dorene Anderson (pictured top left) described her as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend.

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Steve Berger was celebrating his 44th birthday with a group of friends, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

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Tara Roe Smith was the mother of two young sons, according to the Canadian Press. She was reportedly separated from her husband, Zach, during the shooting.  

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Erick Silva has been identified as one of the victims in the #LasVegasShooting

Brennan Stewart had a love for music and his family requested that the funds raised from a GoFundMe account set up in his honor be used for a local youth organization that is centered around the arts.

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Michelle Vo was attending her first country music concert, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

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Heather Alvarado loved to travel with her three children and her husband, according to a statement released by the Cedar City Police Department to local media.

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Denise Cohen was a mother of two who was attending the concert with her boyfriend.

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Victim of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Jordyn Rivera, is seen in this undated social media photo.

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Candice Bowers was a single mother of three and is described her as a superhero who loved country music; she was ki…
Andrea Castilla was celebrating her 28th birthday with her sister, boyfriend and her sister's fiancee, according to a GoFundMe page set up by her family.

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Austin Davis was considered a friend to all, according to a fundraising site set up in his memory. He was 29.

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Chris Hazencomb saved his friend's life by shielding her, the Ventura County Star reported. He was 44.

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Victor Link, 52, “I could type for hours saying how great of a man you were and how everyone loves you so so much.”…
Lisa Patterson was a loving mother, wife and donated countless hours to her community, according to a GoFundMe account. She was 46.

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Rocio Guillen Rocha was still on maternity leave after giving birth to her fourth child six weeks ago, NPR reported. She was 40.

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Derrick "Bo" Taylor served the Ventura Conservation Camp for decades according to statement by the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. He was 56.

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Danley’s two sisters told Australia's 7 News they believe Paddock surprised her with a solo ticket to the southeast Asian islands to keep her in the dark about his plan to kill.

“I know that she don't know anything as well, like us. She was sent away. She was away so that she will be not there to interfere with what he's planning,” one of the sisters said through tears, her face blurred to protect her identity.

The sisters said the sudden trip two weeks ago caught them all by surprise. They said Paddock also wired $127,000 to an overseas account for Danley.

“She didn't even know that she's going to the Philippines until Steve said, 'Oh, Marilou, I found you a cheap ticket to the Philippines,’” the sister said.

“He sent her away so that he can plan what he’s planning without interruptions. In that sense, I thank him for sparing my sister's life. But that won't be to compensate the 59 people's lives,” she said.

"No one can put the puzzles together. No one, except Marilou. Because Steve is not here to talk anymore. Only Marilou can maybe help," the sister said.

The sisters told Channel 7 that Danley will be haunted forever by Paddock's deadly rampage.

"She probably was even (more) shocked than us because she is more closer to him than us. You know, to be able to find out the person you love and live with can do such thing. And you thought you know the person yourself," the sister who spoke for the two during the on-camera interview said.

"Marilou Danley is my sister. She is a good person and gentle soul. A mother, a grandmother, a sister, a friend," she said.

The sisters to Channel 7 they believe Danley, who moved to the U.S. in 1989, knew that Paddock had guns, but not that many.

"He done this solely himself," the sister said.

"Marilou seems madly in love with Steve, you know?" the sister said. "If Marilou was there...she would definitely stop something, whatever what he was planning."

On Tuesday, Danley boarded a plane in Manila for what would be a non-stop, 13-hour trek to California.

FBI agents greeted her after Philippine Air Lines Flight 102 landed at Los Angeles International Airport around 7:30 p.m. local time.

A KNBC-TV reporter spotted Danley being rolled through the airport in a wheelchair while flanked by at least two uniformed police officers.

She was wanted for questioning after authorities announced she lived with Danley at Paddock's condo in Mesquite, Nev. about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Investigators have not shared a hint of Paddock's motive.

Paddock's brother Eric Paddock told reporters in Orlando, Fla., that the $100,000 reportedly wired to Danley represented “the Steve I know.”

“Steve would have wanted to take care of Marilou,” he said, according to video published by NBC News.

"Condemn Steve for gambling. Steve took care of the people he loved. He made me and my family wealthy," the brother said.

He echoed Danley's sisters in suggesting Paddock may have "manipulated" his girlfriend "so that she was far away from this and had money."

"As he was descending into hell ... he wanted to take care of her," Eric Paddock said.

Speaking to the New York Times, Eric Paddock said Danley was one of the few people the killer seemed to love.

"She was probably one of the only people I've ever seen that he'd go out his way to do a little thing for," the younger brother said. "He went out of his way to be nice to her. This is not something Steve does - go out of his way."

The younger Paddock said his brother "expected people to wait on him for the most part."

With Danley, he sometimes waited on her, Eric Paddock said.

"He would defer to her in the way that he wouldn't to the rest of humanity. Even me," Eric Paddock said.

Others have described a more turbulent relationship between the pair. Witnesses told the Los Angeles Times they'd seen Paddock regularly berating his girlfriend at a Starbucks in Nevada.

Paddock left behind an arsenal of 47 weapons at three locations, including two homes and his hotel room, but no immediate clues to suggest a motive, authorities have said.

Investigators are still trying to trace the large wire transfer and are checking reports Paddock had been gambling more than $10,000 per day before the massacre, a U.S. official briefed by law enforcement told the Associated Press.

Paddock took his own life moments after the senseless slaughter -- before a team of police officers stormed his hideout at the Strip hotel.

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