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Gabby Petito’s parents have said that they “want vengeance and justice” for the loss of their daughter, and hope to see their daughters fiancé, Brian Laundrie, behind bars.

In an interview with 60 Minutes Australia, Ms Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt, said: “We want vengeance and justice, and for him to pay for his crimes.”

Nichole Schmidt, Ms Petito’s mother, additional: “I just want to get him in a cell for the rest of his life.”

Meanwhile, today marks the 31st day since Mr Laundrie was reported missing by his parents. North Port Police have not reported any new evidence, but have continued to search for him, alongside the FBI, in the Carlton save, a 24,000-acre character preserve, where he was reportedly hiking alone before going missing in September.

Authorities have before said there is believed to be a 50 per cent chance that Mr Laundrie is nevertheless alive.


Gabby Petito Foundation fundraiser raises $13k

The first fundraiser for the Gabby Petito Foundation was held on Sunday and saw an impressive turnout, according to the family’s attorney, raising around $13,700.

An estimated 200 people stopped by to donate and pay their respects in just the first hour of the six-hour event at 89 North, a music venue at Patchogue in New York.

The event director, Christian Cabrera, said: “We’re here to raise money and have some good food and a good time in her memory.”

Maroosha Muzaffar18 October 2021 04:40


‘This was evil’: Petito’s mother and stepfather react to learning she was strangled

Nichole and Jim Schmidt, Gabby Petito’s mother and stepfather, tearfully told 60 Minutes Australia their reaction to learning she had died of strangulation.

“This was evil,” Ms Schmidt said.

“Gabby was 22 years old,” Mr Schmidt said by tears. “Her life was stolen from her. She was stolen from us.”

Nathan Place18 October 2021 02:00


Protesters continue to put photos of Petito around Laundrie house

Fox News footage shows a protester placing photos of Gabby Petito outside Chris and Roberta Laundrie’s home in North Port, Florida.

The protester was seemingly undeterred by Chris Laundrie, who has recently mowed the lawn around the protest signs and yanked one of them out of the ground.

Nathan Place18 October 2021 01:00


Gabby Petito’s hometown holds fundraiser for her foundation

About 200 people in Blue Point, New York are at a fundraiser tonight for the Gabby Petito Foundation, Fox News has reported. The Long Island town is where Ms Petito was born and raised.

Nathan Place18 October 2021 00:00


Petito’s mother recalls the moment she realized her daughter was missing

In a new interview with 60 Minutes Australia, Gabby Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, described the agony of not hearing from her daughter and beginning to worry something had happened to her.

About four days into Ms Petito’s van trip with her fiance, Brian Laundrie, Ms Schmidt says her daughter stopped answering her phone.

“Probably day 4 and 5, I was texting her every day, but I wasn’t getting any responses,” Ms Schmidt recalled. “By day 6 or 7, I was checking her social media. I didn’t see any activity.”

On day 10, she called the police to report Ms Petito as missing. By that time, it turns out, Mr Laundrie had been home for almost two weeks.

Nathan Place17 October 2021 22:42


‘I thought he would take care of her’: Gabby Petito’s mom recalls fateful van trip

In a heartbreaking new interview, Gabby Petito’s mother and stepfather recalled Brian Laundrie as “quiet” and “polite,” and took a painful look back at the associate’s ill-fated van trip.

“I felt safe because she was with Brian, and I felt like she would be OK,” Ms Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, told 60 Minutes Australia. “I thought he would take care of her.”

‘I thought he would take care of her’: Gabby Petito’s mom recalls fateful van trip

Nathan Place17 October 2021 21:09


‘I know what she went by’: Domestic violence survivor pays moving tribute to Petito

A protester outside the Laundrie family’s home said by tears that she believed Ms Petito was a victim of domestic violence, and felt she could relate to her experience.

“I feel like I needed to be here for Gabby, basically because I know what she went by,” the woman, who said she’d traveled all the way from Minnesota, told YouTuber Joseph Morris. “This girl was completely helpless. She was stuck… And it hurts my heart, because I know how she was feeling. And I couldn’t just not do anything.”

Nathan Place17 October 2021 20:29


‘This is gonna keep on going’: Protests continue outside Laundrie home

Protesters are continuing to picket and shout outside the home of Brian Laundrie’s parents in North Port, Florida.

“You just devalued this block!” yelled one woman who had traveled all the way from Hershey, Pennsylvania, according to Fox News. “I’m telling you, this is gonna keep on going!”

Nathan Place17 October 2021 19:20


Footage shows Laundrie’s father tearing down protest sign

Brian Laundrie’s father, Chris Laundrie, stormed out of his house on Saturday to tear down a protest sign on his lawn, Fox News footage shows.

The sign had read, “What if it was Cassie?” – seemingly referring to Cassie Laundrie, Chris’ daughter.

Protesters have been gathering outside the Laundrie home for weeks, waving protest signs and shouting at the family.

Nathan Place17 October 2021 18:46


Former FBI agent believes Brian Laundrie is alive

Former FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer says she believes Brian Laundrie is nevertheless alive, judging by comments from the Laundrie family’s lawyer.

“The attorney has repeatedly said he is representing the family and he is representing Brian Laundrie,” Ms Coffindaffer told NewsNationNow. “You would not represent someone who is not alive.”

Nathan Place17 October 2021 18:15

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