A Florida judge has awarded $3 million to the family of Gabby Petito, who filed a 'wrongful death' lawsuit against the parents of Brian Laundrie, who they say killed their daughter 22 in 2021.
The settlement was announced Thursday, months after Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, the victim's parents, filed a civil lawsuit in the county of Sarasota, Florida, where Brian Laundrie's parents Christopher and Roberta Laundrie live.
“The Petito family lost their daughter, and she was also denied the opportunity to face her killer . No amount of money is sufficient to compensate the Petito family for the loss of their daughter, Gabby, at the hands of Brian Laundrie,” said Patrick Reilly, an attorney for the victim's family.
The amount of $3 million is symbolic, and regardless of the amount of money received, it will go to the Gabby Petito Foundation, which was created after her death in August 2021.
Recall that the Searches for Gabby Petito, who disappeared on a cross-country trip with her lover Brian Laundrie, have been making headlines in newspapers and cable newscasts for weeks.
According to results of an autopsy, the young traveler died of strangulation, said Dr. Brent Blue, of Teton County in the State of Wyoming.
Brian Laundrie committed suicide after the events.