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The mother of Gabby Petito is seeking justness for her daughter.
On May 6, Nichole Schmidt filed a caller wrongful decease suit successful Florida against the curator of the property of deceased Brian Laundrie. The lawsuit, obtained by Fox News, seeks damages of astatine slightest $30,000. The complaint, obtained by E! News, alleges that Laundrie murdered Petito, and arsenic a nonstop result, Schmidt and Gabby's father, Joseph Petito, "incurred ceremonial and burial expenses, and they person suffered a nonaccomplishment of attraction and comfort, and suffered a nonaccomplishment of probable aboriginal companionship, nine and comfort."
The filing besides requests a proceedings by assemblage and judgment for compensatory damages.
Laundrie's lawyer Steven Bertolino told E! News that the suit does not travel arsenic a surprise.
"The filing of the wrongful decease suit by the Petito household was afloat expected," Bertolino said successful a connection E! News connected May 6. "This suit volition 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."
Petito's case garnered nationalist attention successful September 2021 erstwhile the aspiring YouTuber was declared missing while on a cross-country roadworthy trip with Laundrie, her fiancé, who had mysteriously returned location to Florida solo, successful her van.
On September 19, the 22-year-old's remains were discovered astatine a camping country in Bridger-Teton National Forest successful Wyoming. Her origin of decease was ruled a homicide due to "blunt-force injuries to the caput and neck, with manual strangulation."
At the time, Laundrie and his parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, did not stock immoderate accusation with instrumentality enforcement and referred officials to their attorney. Laundrie later disappeared during the investigation.
After a month-long search, the 23-year-old was found dead successful Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park successful North Port, Fla., where his parents judge helium went the past clip they saw him connected Sept. 13. Personal items belonging to Laundrie were discovered adjacent his remains including a notebook successful which claimed "responsibility" for Petito's death.
The caller suit comes 2 months aft Petito's parents filed a civilian suit successful Florida claiming that Laundrie's parents were aware that their lad killed their girl and attempted to assistance him fly justice. The Petito household is seeking "compensation for the damages they person suffered" arsenic good arsenic further relief.
"While Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt were desperately searching for information concerning their daughter," the lawsuit states, "Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie were keeping the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie secret, and it is believed were making arrangements for him to permission the country."
Bertolino filed a question to disregard the suit connected March 30, arguing that determination are nary facts to enactment their claims of "intentional infliction of affectional distress."
"Assuming everything the Petitos allege successful their suit is true, which we deny, this suit does not alteration the information that the Laundries had nary work to talk to Law Enforcement oregon immoderate third-party including the Petito family," Bertolino said successful a statement to E! News successful March. "This cardinal ineligible rule renders the Petito's claims to beryllium baseless nether the law."
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