Families of Gabi Petit and Brian Londry have reached a $3 million settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed after authorities concluded he suffocated her during a cross-country trip in August 2021.
The settlement was signed Thursday by Sarasota County District Judge Hunter Carroll. An attorney for Petit’s parents said all proceeds will go to the Gabby Petit Foundation, which works to find missing persons and end domestic violence.
“Petitto’s family has lost their daughter and they have also been denied the opportunity to confront her killer,” said attorney Patrick Reilly. “No amount of money is enough to compensate the Petit family for the loss of their daughter Gabby at the hands of Brian Londry.”
A lawsuit filed in May by Pettit and Londry’s estates claimed Londry was responsible for the damages because he caused her death. A separate lawsuit, still pending in Sarasota, alleges that Lundra’s parents wrongfully concealed that their son confessed to killing Petit before he returned home in September 2021. Florida from their trip west in a converted van. Christopher and Roberta Londry deny this claim.
Pettit’s disappearance during the trip and the discovery of her body in a Wyoming national park became a national obsession that continued during the weeks-long search for Laundrey in the Florida wetlands.
His remains were found there in October 2021. According to the FBI, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and left a note admitting to killing Pettit.
It is highly unlikely that the Laundry property has $3 million. Reilly called it an “arbitrary number,” but said the Petito Foundation would benefit from whatever amount is raised.
“Joseph Petito and Nicole Schmidt want to turn their personal tragedy into something positive,” Reilly said.
Petit’s family also filed a $50 million wrongful-death lawsuit against police in Moab, Utah, where the couple got into a physical altercation, but officers allowed her to resume her journey despite clear signs of domestic violence. City officials declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Petite, 22, has been in regular contact with her parents and often posts about her travels on social media, including YouTube, Instagram and TikTok. The couple had regular fans before the murder mystery became known.
The FBI says Lundry sent text messages from Petit’s cell phone to her parents and others, trying to pretend she was still alive. He was also accused of illegally using one of her credit cards before his remains were found in a Florida preserve.
Petit and Landry were engaged. Both grew up in Blue Point, New York, but moved to North Port, Florida in 2019, where Laundry’s parents live.