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Gabby Petito's Family Reaches Settlement with Laundrie Family

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In what will certainly only amount to a fraction of the closure they deserve, the family of Gabby Petito has reached a settlement with the family of her killer and fiancé Brian Laundrie, several months after the latter’s partial remains were discovered deep in a Florida swamp.

Laundrie had returned home alone from a cross-country trip that he and Petito were taking and video-blogging about and promptly began refusing to talk to police regarding her whereabouts.  The Laundrie family as a hole went mum, frustrating not only investigators, but the Petito family as well.

Brian did eventually confess, however, via a journal found near his remains, and now the Petito family has reached a settlement with the Laundries over their daughter’s death.

Loved ones of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie have agreed upon a $3 million settlement in connection with the Petito family’s wrongful death lawsuit filed against Laundrie’s estate, records show.

A final judgment made public Thursday ends a portion of the Petito-Schmidt family’s legal battle against Chris and Roberta Laundrie, whose son, 23-year-old Brian, took his own life in a Florida environmental park in 2021.

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Patrick Reilly, an attorney for the Petito family, wrote in a prepared statement that the $3 million amount is “an arbitrary number,” but “whatever monies they do receive will help Gabby’s family in their endeavors with the Gabby Petito Foundation.”

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The statement added: “The Gabby Petito Foundation will continue to address the needs of organizations that support locating missing persons and to provide aid to organizations that assist victims of domestic violence situations, through education, awareness, and prevention strategies. Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt wish to turn their personal tragedy into a positive. It is their hope that Gabby’s foundation will bring these important issues into the forefront of the public eye to the benefit of all our communities.”

“The Petito family lost their daughter, and they were also denied the opportunity to confront her killer,” the statement further reads. “No amount of money is sufficient to compensate the Petito family for the loss of their daughter, Gabby, at the hands of Brian Laundrie.”

The case garnered national attention, particularly as it pertained to the obstinate behavior of the Laundries, who endured a number of wild protests at their home during their unwillingness to cooperate with authorities.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.