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Marilou Danley's Sisters Thank Shooter For Sparing Her (Photos)

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The girlfriend of suspected Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock has broken her silence, and so have her sisters.

Marilou Danley, the girlfriend, was "sent away" to the Philippines by the alleged shooter weeks before the attack, said her sisters in an interview with 7 News Sydney, Time magazine reports.

"I know that she don't know anything as well, like us," one sister said. "She was sent away. She was sent away so that she will be not there to interfere with what he's planning. He sent her away, so that he can plan what he is planning without interruption. In that sense, I thank him for sparing my sister's life. But that won't be to compensate 59 people's lives."

On Oct. 4, Danley made her first public statement, which her lawyer Matthew Lombard read outside of the F.B.I.'s Los Angeles office, where she had appeared for questioning.

"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," her statement said. "I have faith in God, and I will continue to pray for everyone who has been harmed or hurt. I am a mother and a grandmother, and my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones."

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The shooting occurred on Oct. 1 in Las Vegas, when Paddock allegedly opened fire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music event.

The shots came from a high floor in the Las Vegas hotel where Paddock was staying, killing at least 59 people and injuring 527 others, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, The New York Times reports.

Police found Paddock, 64, dead in his hotel room of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

"I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man," Danley's statement continued. "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."

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Danley also described the days leading up to the tragic event:

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. It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone.

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.

President Donald Trump, speaking at the White House, described the shooting as an "act of pure evil."

Sources: The New York Times (2), Time / Featured Image: Sascha Bruck/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Reuters via The New York Times, AP via The New York Times

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