Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, said that when Paddock wired her $100,000 in the Philippines, she thought he was breaking up with her.
The admission came as part of a statement delivered by her attorney on Wednesday, after the FBI interviewed Danley as part of its investigation into the deadly shooting on Sunday.
“A little more than two weeks ago Stephen told me he had found a cheap ticket for me to the Philippines and that he wanted me to take a trip home to see my family,” Danley said in the statement.
She continued: “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 at first that the unexpected trip home and then the money was a way of breaking up with me.”
Danley said she hadn’t perceived any indication that Paddock was planning to commit a mass shooting, adding she was “devastated” for those who were killed or hurt in the shooting.
In an interview that aired on Australian TV on Wednesday, two of Danley’s sisters also insisted Danley had no knowledge of the shooting.
“I know that she don’t know anything,” one of the women told Channel 7. “She was sent away so that she will be not there to interfere with what he’s planning.”
Danley pledged to cooperate fully with the FBI and Las Vegas Police Department as they investigate the shooting, which left 58 people dead and nearly 500 injured.