Brian Laundrie Found Dead After Month-Long Manhunt
Brian Laundrie's notes containing his confession to killing his fiancée Gabby Petito have been released.
The FBI had said successful a January property release that Laundrie, who died by suicide, near down a notebook containing "written statements" that claimed "responsibility for Ms. Petito's death." On June 24, an lawyer for his parents, who are being sued by the YouTuber's household implicit her death, released copies of the notes, which were partially smeared from what appeared to beryllium h2o damage.
"I ended her life," Laundrie wrote. "I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I spot present each the mistakes I made. I panicked, I was successful shock."
The 23-year-old also wrote successful his notes, obtained by E! News, that Petito was injured portion the 2 tried to transverse a stream. He noted she had a "bump connected her forehead" and was "freezing cold" and "begging for an extremity to her pain."
Laundrie added, "From the infinitesimal I decided, took distant her pain, I knew I couldn't spell connected without her." He besides called her death an "unexpected tragedy, adding, "Gabby was the emotion of my life, but I cognize adored by many. I'm truthful precise atrocious to her household due to the fact that I emotion them."
A lawyer for the Petito family, Patrick Reilly, told People that Laundrie's assertion that the sidesplitting was merciful and stemmed from an mishap is "nonsense," adding, "He is penning a missive arsenic though helium wants radical to consciousness atrocious for him."
Petito, 22, was recovered dead in a distant country of the Bridger-Teton National Forest successful Wyoming successful September, 8 days after her parents reported her missing and 18 days after Laundrie returned unsocial from the couple's cross-country van roadworthy travel to his parents' Florida home, wherever the 2 lived. A aesculapian examiner determined the cause of her decease to beryllium homicide by strangulation.
In mid-September, soon aft Laundrie returned location and aft the FBI and constabulary named him a idiosyncratic of involvement successful Petito's disappearance, his parents reported him missing. In October, his remains were discovered in an country antecedently underwater successful Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park successful Florida. Authorities determined helium died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In a connection attached to the notebook scans, Steven P. Bertolino, the lawyer for Laundries' parents, wrote, "Today the Petito household attorney, Patrick Reilly, and myself met with the FBI successful Tampa to benignant done and instrumentality possession of the idiosyncratic items that belonged to Gabby and Brian. This was a antecedently agreed upon speech to alteration some the Petitos and the Laundries to person what belonged to their respective children. As portion of this instrumentality of spot successful FBI custody I was fixed Brian's notebook."
Bertolino continued, "Although I person chosen to merchandise the missive arsenic a substance of transparency I volition not beryllium commenting further arsenic determination are inactive proceedings pending successful Court. These are Brian's words."
In March, Petito's parents Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt filed a civilian lawsuit against Laundrie's dada Christopher Laundrie and ma Roberta Laundrie, alleging that they knew their lad killed Petito earlier her assemblage was discovered, kept his whereabouts "secret" after reporting him missing and were "making arrangements for him to permission the country."
At the time, the Laundries' attorney told E! News that the household had "no work to talk to Law Enforcement." They have filed a question to disregard the civilian lawsuit, portion a judge is expected to contented an bid connected adjacent steps wrong the adjacent mates of weeks.
In May, Petito's mom filed a separate wrongful decease lawsuit against the curator of Laundrie's estate. No proceedings day has been set.
The Laundries' lawyer previously told E! News that the wrongful decease suit was "fully expected," adding that it "will astir apt not beryllium defended and the Petitos volition person gained thing much than a portion of insubstantial that tells them what everyone already knows—which is that Brian was liable for Gabby's decease arsenic indicated by the FBI."
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