Her parents said they expected Brian Laundry to spend the rest of his life in prison if he had anything to do with Gabby’s death.
“I want to see him in a prison cell for the rest of my life.”
That was Joe Pettito’s message to Brian Laundry on Wednesday in case his deceased daughter’s former fiancé had anything to do with her death.
Joe sat down with Dr. Phil McGraw for the second part of a wide range Interview Which aired Wednesday with Gabby Pettito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, and her step-parents, Tara Pettito and Jim Schmidt.
They discussed their desire to capture Brian Laundry alive, what they plan to do with the Gabby Petito Foundation, and their response to a 911 call to a domestic incident between the couple.
During that 911 call, a witness told Dispatch that he saw Gabby and Brian fighting over a phone and that “the gentleman was slapping the girl.”
“I didn’t listen to the whole call. I can’t do it,” Joe said in the interview on Wednesday. “I just can’t do it.”
Gabby’s mom agreed, saying she was “angry because it didn’t make sense.”
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Gabby disappeared about two weeks after that incident, and her remains were found on September 19 in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Brian, a man interested in Gabby’s disappearance and death, returned to North Port in his van without her on 1 September, but disappeared himself on 13 September.
Searches are now underway after an arrest warrant was issued for him on September 23 for alleged debit card fraud.
“I hope he’s got it,” Joe said on Wednesday. “I want to see him in a prison cell for the rest of my life, where he’s an outsider in that concrete cell.”
“I want to look into his eyes,” said Nicole.
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Responding officers appeared to zero in on Gabby as the attacker after the couple pulled up outside Moab, Utah, despite witness statements on the 911 call. Gabby and Brian eventually parted ways for the night.
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“While it’s hard to watch that police video, I think it was a blessing to see, you know, she’s a real human being and she was in pain. And I’m glad she lived a really good life and she died.” Gaya is doing what she loves to do,” Nicole said Wednesday.
“She was there at nature camp. That’s what she wanted. She lived her dream, and I’m glad she got to do it.”
Gabby’s parents started the Gabby Petito Foundation in her honor to help other families with missing loved ones.
“We’re going to work hard to help as many people as possible. And I know, we’re just us. We don’t know what we can do, but we’re going to do our best,” Nicole Said Wednesday. “We won’t let Gabby get forgotten by helping others.”
Dr. Phil announced during the interview that he would donate $25,000 to the foundation “to help find missing people, to help prevent people from being winded up like Gabby Petito in situations of domestic violence” are.
The foundation’s first event will take place on Long Island on October 17th and will feature live music, a silent auction and a raffle, with all proceeds going to their mission.
“She’s changing a lot of lives,” Nicole said. “She’s helping so many people and so many people love her and we are so blessed to have that.”