According to records, Gabby Petito’s loved ones and Brian Laundrie agreed to a $3 million settlement for the Petito family’s wrongful-death lawsuit against Laundrie’s estate.
A portion of the PetitoSchmidt family’s legal fight against Chris, Roberta Laundrie‘s son, Brian, ended in a final judgment that was made public Thursday. Brian, aged 23, took his own life in an environmental park in Florida in 2021.
Patrick Reilly, an attorney representing the Petito family, stated in a prepared statement, that the $3million amount is “an arbitrary figure,” but that any monies received will support Gabby’s family and their efforts with the Gabby Petito Foundation.
The statement said that the Gabby Petito Foundation would continue to support organizations that help locate missing persons, as well as to assist domestic violence victims through education, awareness and prevention strategies. Joseph Petito, Nichole Schmidt want to make their personal tragedy a positive. They hope Gabby’s Foundation will help bring these important issues to the attention of the public for the benefit of all of our communities.
The statement continues, “The Petito family lost Gabby,” and also states that they were denied the chance to confront her killer. “No amount of money can compensate the Petito family’s loss of Gabby, their daughter, at Brian Laundrie’s hands.”
Gabby Petito is thought to have been murdered around Aug. 28. On Sept. 19, her remains were discovered in Bridger-Teton National Forest by an FBI-led search. Her death was ruled a murder by manual strangulation, and blunt force trauma to the head or neck.
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Brian Laundrie was found returning home from North Port, Florida on September 1, according to police. They cited a license plate reader recording that showed her van coming into the town. In an effort to hide the crime, he sent Petito fake texts and took her debit card.
The Laundries stayed at Fort De Soto Park south of St. Petersburg and did not speak publicly about Petito’s disappearance.
Finally, Petito’s mother Nichole Schmidt reported Petito missing to police on September 11th in her hometown in Long Island, New York. On September 13, Brian Laundrie ran away into the swamp despite having hidden surveillance cameras around his home. This was his last sighting alive.
The federal and local law enforcement agencies conducted extensive searches for his body after his disappearance.
Fox News Digital followed Laundrie’s parents into the park in the early morning of Oct. 2021. There they met a North Port detective as well as a member the FBI. They then set out into the swamp to see where their son disappeared to several weeks ago. They eventually found belongings, including a notebook that they believed to be Brian Laundrie’s.
Soon, investigators discovered remains near the scene and eventually identified them as Brian’s. Brian died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound.
Laundrie made a confession in a notebook, which he apparently wrote shortly before his death.
“I thought it was kind, that she wanted it, but now I realize all the mistakes. I panicked. He continued, “I was in shock.”
Laundrie claimed that Petito was killed after Petito said she had injured herself in a fall in Wyoming. He wrote, “From the moment that I decided to take away her pain, it was clear that I couldn’t continue without her.”
The Petito and Laundrie families are still facing legal actions against each other as well as the Moab, Utah Police Department.