Gabby Petito pleaded with Brian Laundrie to “stop crying” in a heartbreaking final love letter.
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Gabby Petito pleaded with Brian Laundrie to “stop crying” in a heartbreaking final love letter.

Gabby Petito’s final love letter to Brian Laundrie, released by the FBI, reveals how she begged him to “stop crying and calling her names.” A young couple, Gabby, 22, and Laundrie, 23, were traveling around the United States, sharing their trip on social media, when Gabby went missing on September 11, 2021.

Shortly thereafter, Laundrie disappeared, and on September 23, an arrest warrant was issued following the discovery of Gabby’s strangled body. In October, Laundrie’s body was found.




Years after the tragic events, disturbing aspects of Gabby and Brian’s relationship came to light, including photos Gabby took of her own facial injuries. The FBI has now made public a love letter Gabby wrote to Brian, in which she expresses her deep love for him, begging him to “stop crying.”

Gabby wrote in the letter, “I love you so much it hurts… So your pain is killing me. I’m not trying to be negative, but I’m frustrated that there’s nothing more I can do.” She continues, “I hope you understand when I’m sad because you make me love you too much… Now… stop crying! And come home and hug me tight and tell me you love me,” reports the Mirror.

According to her family’s legal team, a selfie taken by Petito on the day she and her fiancé were detained by police, a month before her disappearance, reveals visible facial injuries. The photo shows damage around the eye and on the face. She appears to be wearing the same top in both the selfie and the police body camera footage of the arrest.

In the recording released by Moab police, officers from Petito and Laundrie can be heard talking. They both admit to arguing, but Petito admitted she hit him first. She informed officers that Laundrie was “very upset with me.” The couple went on a cross-country trip that was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime.

The four-month journey, which began on July 2, 2021, was planned to take in some of the world’s most scenic national parks, and Gabby began her career as a travel vlogger on her YouTube channel, Nomadic Statik. As revealed in the new three-part ITVX documentary “The Disappearance of Gabby Petito,” the 22-year-old had been in contact with her family throughout, but in late August all communication abruptly ceased.

Gabby’s remains were found 12 days after she was reported missing(Image: ITV)

Her parents began a frantic search for their daughter, soon joined by an army of internet detectives trying to discover her fate. Adding to the mystery is the fact that her 23-year-old partner, Laundrie, returned home to Florida in a refurbished van in early September, but he was alone.

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They portrayed themselves as a couple in love on social media, but police body camera footage tells a completely different story as they were arrested after reporting domestic violence. Gabby’s remains were later discovered on September 19 at a campground in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.

The missing person’s case has been reclassified as a murder investigation, and police are urgently looking for Laundrie. Nearly a month later, his body was found in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida, where it was determined on October 20 that he had taken his own life.

The coroner subsequently ruled that Gabby died of asphyxiation and that she had likely been dead for three to four weeks before her body was found. Laundrie is believed to have admitted to murdering his partner in a note before his own death.


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