According to records, the family of Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito reached a $3 million settlement in connection with the Petito family's wrongful death claim brought against Laundrie's estate.
A portion of the Petito-Schmidt family's legal battle with Chris and Roberta Laundrie, whose son, 23-year-old Brian, committed suicide in a Florida environmental park in 2021, has been resolved thanks to a decision that was made public on Thursday.
An attorney for the Petito family wrote in a 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."
The statement continued: "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."
"The Petito family lost their daughter, and they were also denied the opportunity to confront her killer," the statement added. "No amount of money is sufficient to compensate the Petito family for the loss of their daughter, Gabby, at the hands of Brian Laundrie."