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.

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.

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2017 file photo, Eric Paddock holds a photo of himself, at left, and his brother, Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, at right, outside his home in Orlando, Fla. Officials in Las Vegas say the cremated remains of the gunman in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history have been turned over to his brother. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said in a statement that Stephen Paddock's ashes were given to Paddock's brother, Eric Paddock, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

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.