GABBY Petito’s mum broke down in tears as she tore up Brian Laundrie and declared his confession from the notebook an “absolute” lie.
Nichole Schmidt appeared on the Today Show on Thursday almost a year after the tragic death of her daughter.
“It is difficult. We’re trying, we’re trying to do good things for Gabby and everyone else,” Schmidt said as she fought back tears.
Schmidt slammed Laundrie’s Notebook confession, calling it an “absolute” lie and part of his “character” to look like the “good guy”.
“That was his character, even in his last moments he wanted to make sure he looked like the good guy,” Gabby’s mother said. “That’s ridiculous. We know how she died.”
“Our story begins with domestic violence and we don’t want it to happen to anyone else,” Schmidt said as she revealed the Gabby Petito Foundation donated $100,000 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
The hotline receives calls each year from thousands of people, mostly women, seeking help to end physically or emotionally abusive relationships.
“I think Gabby’s story has touched a lot of people and it’s saving lives. I keep getting messages from people that she inspired them to get out of a relationship,” Schmidt told the Associated Press.
Gabby, a Van Life vlogger, was found strangled to death in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park last September.
Investigators believe Gabby’s boyfriend Laundrie, 23, killed her last August while the couple were on an overland trip.
The remains of Laundrie were found at Carlton Reserve in North Port on October 20, 2021.
Laundrie admitted to “ending” Gabby’s life, calling it a “merciful murder” in a diary found along with his skeletal remains.
In the diary obtained by The Sun, Laundrie claimed Gabby was dealing with some kind of injury and was “waking up in pain”.
He wrote that he “mercifully ended her life” because it was “what she wanted.”
“She woke up in pain, started her whole painful cycle all over again while angry that I was the one waking her up,” the 23-year-old wrote.
“She wouldn’t let me try to cross the creek, thinking like me the fire would go out in her sleep and she would freeze to death.
“I don’t know the extent of Gabby’s injuries, just that she was in extreme pain.
“I ended her life. I thought it was gracious that she wanted it, but now I see all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was shocked.”
“From the moment I decided to take away her pain, I knew I couldn’t go on without her,” Laundrie concluded.
Laundrie also alluded to seeing his family after he killed the young vlogger, urging the public “not to make life harder for his family”.
“I’m sorry for my family. This is a shock to her and a terrible sadness. You loved me just as much, if not more than me.
“A new daughter for my mother, an aunt for my nephews (sic).
“Please don’t make it difficult for them. This came as an unexpected tragedy,” Laundrie is said to have written.
Laundrie also revealed in the diary that he was indeed considering letting two people kill him.
“I was going to go north and have James or TJ kill me, but I don’t want them to spend time in jail for my mistake, although I’m sure they would have liked to,” the statement said.
Eventually, however, he decided to kill himself by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
“I killed myself by that creek hoping the animal would rip me to pieces. That it might make some of her family members happy,” Laundrie reportedly wrote.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5925497/gabby-petito-mother-nicole-schmidt-brian-laundrie-notebook-details/ Gabby Petito’s mum breaks down in tears as she reveals a major new update and slams Brian Laundrie’s notebook confession