Yesterday, the documentary detailing the death of Gabby Petito aired on Peacock, and we now have the chance to hear about her relationship with Brian Laundrie from the perspective of her family.
According to the late vlogger’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, when the two had started dating, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. In fact, Petito’s family enjoyed having Laundrie around, and his family felt the same about his girlfriend.
“Brian would come to my home and he was very polite, very kind,” Schmidt shared.
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie first met in high school in Blue Point, New York. For a while, they were just friends. But eventually, that friendship bloomed into a romantic relationship, and initially, her parents approved.
“I didn’t see anything in him that would worry me at all. No red flags,” Schmidt continued.
Soon enough, Petito was ready to move across the country with her boyfriend and his family.
“When she and Brian started dating and he was like ‘I’m moving to Florida,’ she was like, ‘can I come with you?'” Schmidt said. “So she had no problem doing that. She had no fear to move to another state.”
Unfortunately, as we know, the couple’s story did not end well. Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie opted for a cross-country van-life adventure that ultimately ended in both of their demises. Later reports pointed to evidence of domestic abuse and some unhealthy behavior.
Park officials eventually found the vlogger’s body in a shallow grave in Grand Teton National Park. As for Laundrie, he disappeared after Schmidt reported her daughter missing, and police later found his remains in the Carlton Reserve in Florida.
Gabby Petito’s Mother Values One Memory the Most
While Gabby Petito may no longer be with her loving family, her mother still holds her memory close to her heart. And recently, Nichole Schmidt shared which memory was most important to her.
“There are so many good memories over the years, but the one thing that I hold dear to me is the hug that we had before she left for the trip in the driveway,” Schmidt shared in the documentary.
Petito and Laundrie visited her family in New York before embarking on their journey to visit some of the country’s most popular national parks. This was the last time Schmidt would see her daughter or get to hold her.
“People would meet her and just fall in love with her,” Schmidt said. “She just had this presence. I don’t know what it was. It was just magical.”
Even after her death, Gabby Petito had a large following that celebrated her kind heart and adventurous spirit. Thousands gathered in her hometown to lay memorials in her memory in her neighborhood.
Check out the trailer below.