GIRLFRIEND OF TWO YEARS
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) — MARILOU Danley said when her boyfriend Stephen Paddock gave him “a cheap ticket to the Philippines”
more than two weeks ago, “I was excited to go home and see my family and friends.”
While there, when Paddock “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 first” that "he was breaking with me.”
The 62-year-old Danley said, “(I)t never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone.”
In breaking her silence for the first time, Ms. Danley, thru her lawyer, Matthew Lombard, said Paddock was “kind, caring, quiet man” but she never “understood in any way” that in sending her away, it was “to be warning that something horrible like this was going to happen.”
Paddock opened fire last Sunday on a concert crowd in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 59 people, including himself, and injuring more than 500, in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Mr. Lombard read her statement Wednesday (Oct. 4) outside the F.B.I.’s office in Los Angeles, California, where she was interrogated to find out if she can give insights as to what drove Paddock to go on a killing spree.
MARILOU DANLEY'S picture ID (Photo credit: ABC-7 News Chicago)
Ms. Danley said, as a mother and grandmother, “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.”
She added, “I have faith in God, and I will continue to pray for everyone who has been harmed or hurt. My heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones.”
“HOPED FOR A QUIET FUTURE TOGETHER”
Paddock’s girlfriend of two years, Ms. Danley said, “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.”Published reports said that Paddock wired her $100,000.
MATTHEW LOMBARD: Marilou Danley's lawyer. (Photo credit: ABC-7 Chicago)
“It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone.” Ms. Danley said.
“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.
According to the New York Times, Ms. Danley was born in the Philippines and spent many years in Australia, where she became a citizen and worked for a time as a tour guide. She was married to a man who later died.
She later met Geary Danley, auditor of FedEx, and they moved to Memphis. They got married in 1990 and divorced after 25 years in 2015.
But before her marriage to Danley ended, she met Mr. Paddock, while she was working at a casino and he was a high-limit player. She worked there from 2010 to 2013.
At the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada, Ms. Danley frequently waited on Mr. Paddock, serving him food and pointing out which slot machine was lucky.