Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock's ashes given to brother, coroner says

The cremated remains of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock were received by a family member on Thursday, the coroner said.

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The ashes of the lone gunman, who killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 others during a deadly shooting spree on Oct. 1, were given to his brother Eric Paddock, according to a statement from Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg.

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Eric Paddock, who told the Las Vegas Review-Journal Wednesday that he had difficulty retrieving his brother’s remains, said he plans to keep them at the bank instead of his home in Florida.

In a file photo from October 2017, Eric Paddock holds a picture of himself and his brother, Stephen, right. Officials in Las Vegas said Stephen Paddock's cremated remains were given to his brother on Thursday.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

“I’m putting the ashes in a safe deposit box in a bank in order to make sure that there’s no hoopla around Steve’s remains,” Eric Paddock told the outlet. “I don’t want someone to do something stupid.”

During a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip, Stephen Paddock shot a stream of bullets down at a crowd of people from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The massacre is considered the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

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In December, the coroner announced that all of those killed during the incident, including the shooter, died of gunshot wounds – meaning that none of them died from injuries related to their attempts to escape.

Paddock, who killed himself before police reached his hotel room, died of a single self-inflicted gunshot to the mouth and his death was deemed a suicide by the coroners.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.