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Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend says he sent her on holidays out of the blue and wired her $100,000

She described him as a “kind, caring, quiet man”.

By Kate Wagner
When Stephen Paddock unleashed hundreds of bullets on unsuspecting concert goers, authorities immediately sought his Australian girlfriend for questioning.
Marilou Danley, 62, has now claimed her boyfriend sent her, out of the blue, to the Philippines two weeks ago to see her family.
She claims that when the millionaire wired her $100,000 during her stay, she became worried he was breaking up with her.
In her statement delivered by her lawyer, she said she had no idea Paddock was planning Sunday’s massacre which claimed at least 59 lives and over 500 injured.
In her statement, lawyer Matt Lombard said Danley thought of the murderer 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 said he found a cheap ticket for me to the Philippines and that he wanted me to take a trip 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.”
She added: “I have not made a statement until now because I am cooperating with the authorities and I voluntarily flew back to America because I knew that the FBI and Las Vegas police department wanted to talk to me - and I wanted to talk to them.
“I will cooperate fully with their investigation, and anything I can do to help ease suffering or help in any way, I will do.”
Danley’s sisters have defended her, insisting she had no idea of Paddock’s intent and her brother said she has a “clean conscience”.
Victims have begun to be identified from the horrific attack, including 29-year-old nurse Sonny Melton who used his body to shield his young wife.
"He grabbed me from behind and started running when I felt him get shot in the back," Heather Melton told WZTV in a statement.
“I don't know what to say. Sonny was the most kind-hearted, loving man I have ever met. He saved my life and lost his.”
"At this point, I'm in complete disbelief and despair,” she added.
“I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”
Authorities are still trying to establish Paddock's motive.