Gabby Petito’s boyfriend, an American celebrity who was murdered a few months ago, is confirmed to have committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
This was conveyed by the lawyer for the family of the young man named Brian Laundrie on Tuesday (23/11) local time.
As reported by the news agency AFP, Wednesday (11/24/2021), Laundrie’s body was found on October 20 at a nature reserve in northern Florida. The 23-year-old disappeared in September, shortly after police suspected him of involvement in the death of his girlfriend, Petito.
“Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide,” attorney Steven Bertolino said in a statement.
“Both are still grieving the loss of their son and hope this finding brings a settlement to both families,” the lawyer added.
Petito’s case caused a major media stir in the United States for weeks. The young woman and Laundrie had left New York in July to tour the western United States in a pickup truck for four months after Petito quit his job.
For days, they flaunted photos on social networks where they can be seen smiling happily enjoying what seems like a beautiful road trip.
However, on September 1, Laundrie returned without her boyfriend to North Port, Florida, where they both live with her family.
His attitude raised suspicion about his role in the 22-year-old celebrity’s disappearance, especially after he refused to answer police questions and then fled on September 13.
Petito’s body was later found on September 19 in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, and on October 12, police announced the woman had been strangled to death.
(ita / ita)