Marilou Danley
Marilou Danley's lawyer read a statement on her behalf to reporters about the shooting in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Police Department

The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock on Wednesday released a long-awaited statement through her lawyer. Marilou Danley was in the Philippines Sunday when Paddock rained a hail of bullets on an outdoor concert, killing at least 58 and injuring over 500.

Danley said in the days prior to the shooting, Paddock purchased her a ticket and sent her to the Philippines so she could see her family. She also said he wired her a sum of money when she was there, reportedly $100,000, for her to purchase a home for her and her family.

Danley, 62, returned to the United States Tuesday for questioning by the FBI as a “person of interest.” Authorities hoped Danley could shed light on Paddock’s motive. She retained criminal defense attorney Matthew Lombard, who read a statement Wednesday on behalf of Danley to reporters.

The full statement can be read below.

“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. 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 those who have lost loved ones.

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 my friends and 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 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. 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.”