Gabby Petito’s, Brian Laundrie’s families settle wrongful death suit for $3M

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.

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.”

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“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.”

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