Gabby Petito's mom said she warned daughter about getting married to Brian Laundrie too young before murder-suicide

GABBY Petito's mom said she warned her daughter about getting married to Brian Laundrie too young before the murder-suicide.

In July 2020, over a year after they started dating, Laundrie asked Gabby, 22, to marry him, to which the vlogger said yes.

Months after both Laundrie and Gabby's bodies have been recovered by authorities, the 22-year-old's family spoke out for the first time in the Peacock new documentary, The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies and Social Media.

In the hour-long documentary, Gabby's mom, Nichole Schmidt, revealed that she warned her daughter about getting married to Laundrie, 23, too young.

"They were engaged, so it was exciting, but I was like 'well, just make sure this is … you know you're young, and make sure its what you want.'

"But I couldn't tell her, you know, you can't get married now because I got married very young," Nichole said.

Her stepfather Jim was excited for the young couple.

"You know as a dad, you're like, okay, you know, that's great, you know, you can settle down a little bit. You're happy for her, you know, that she's found who she wanted to be with," Jim shared.

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On the other hand, Gabby's father Joe and stepmom Tara refused to speak about their daughter's engagement on camera, simply saying: "We're not going to talk about that."

The documentary began streaming on Peacock on Friday, December 17, giving an insight into Gabby's story, the unanswered questions about her case and the devastating conclusion.

In the doc, Gabby's parents and step-parents reflect on the life of the 22-year-old, including sharing childhood memories and details that have never been seen before.


The case of Gabby made international headlines earlier this year after she vanished in August 2021 while on a cross-country road trip with Laundrie.

The 22-year-old was reported missing on September 11 after Laundrie returned to his parent's North Port, Florida home alone.

Gabby's body was found on September 19 in Grand Teton National Park, and her cause of death was later revealed to be strangulation.

Laundrie was named a person of interest, and an arrest warrant was issued by the FBI accusing accused the 23-year-old of stealing an unspecified individual's Capital One debit card and running up a $1,000 balance.

As the search for Gabby's body continued, Laundrie went missing after telling his parents said he was going camping at the Carlton Reserve.

On October 21, the FBI announced remains found at the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park belonged to Laundrie.

Coroners determined Laundrie died from a gunshot wound to the head, ruling his death a suicide.

Since their son's suicide ruling, Laundrie's parents, Chris and Roberta, were pictured walking in the woods where his remains were found.

Exclusive pictures obtained by The Sun show Chris and Roberta back out in the woods of the Myakkatchee Creek Reservation on November 30, over a month after they found a white bag filled with their fugitive son's items.

The couple were pictured carrying a backpack as they marched into the same campgrounds that investigators and volunteers intensely combed through during the search for Laundrie.

Following a three-hour morning journey deep into the backcountry, Chris and Robert reemerged, holding hands as they walked back to their car.

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