By Lane Rosenfelt
Stephen Paddock was, according to friends and family, the least likely person to commit a horrific crime. On Oct. 1, Paddock committed the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, killing 59 and injuring more than 500 people at a concert in Las Vegas.
Paddock was a former postal worker and tax auditor. In the 1980s, he became a Realtor and started refurbishing houses around Los Angeles. He married twice, but he had no children.
His father was a bank robber and topped the FBI’s Most Wanted list, but Paddock supposedly grew up thinking his father was deceased.
A USA Today reporter asked Paddock’s brother, Eric Paddock, if he ever thought anything like this could happen.
“It’s like an asteroid just fell on top of our family,” Eric Paddock told the media. “I wish I could tell you he was a miserable bastard, that I hate him, that if I could have killed him myself I would have, but I can’t say that. It’s not who he was. We need to find out what happened to him. Something happened to my brother.”
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