‘Relax, We Shouldn’t Worry About It’ — Killer’s Girlfriend Reassured Brother After Attack
The Las Vegas gunman’s long-time girlfriend reassured her brother after the Sunday massacre, telling him to “relax” and assuring him that she would “fix” the situation, her brother told ABC News Wednesday.
Marilou Danley’s brother, Reynaldo Bustos, said he called his sister immediately after receiving the news that her boyfriend of several years, Stephen Paddock, had committed the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, firing on a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers from the 32nd floor of a hotel.
“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,'” Bustos told ABC News in an interview.
Danley’s sisters maintained that she had no involvement in her boyfriend’s murderous plot, which left 58 dead and more than 500 wounded. The sisters, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, suggested that Paddock sent Danley out of the country to prevent her from disrupting his apparently meticulous preparation.
“I know that she don’t know anything as well, like us,” one sister told Australia’s Channel 7. “She was sent away. She was away so that she will be not there to interfere with what he’s planning.”
A native of the Philippines, Danley returned from her homeland Tuesday night to face questioning from federal investigators.
While Danley is not officially in custody, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo upgraded her description to a “person of interest” Tuesday afternoon, after initially stating she was simply a “witness” wanted for questioning.
Danley and Paddock lived together in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nev. since 2013. Paddock, an avid high stakes gambler, first met Danley when she worked as a hostess in a Reno, Nev. casino.
Using an Australian passport, Danley travelled to her home country Sept. 15, then flew from Manila to Hong Kong Sept. 22, where she stayed for three days before returning to Manila Sept. 25.
Paddock reportedly wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines the week before the massacre, but it remains unclear for what the money was intended.
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