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Haunting messages on Gabby Petito memorial near where body was found are revealed after Brian Laundrie bombshell | The Sun

HAUNTING messages have been left on a memorial dedicated to Gabby Petito, close by to where her body was found.

Pictures taken by The Sun show notes written on rocks which form the shape of a cross near Spread Creek, Wyoming. 

Messages on the memorial include "rest in peace sweet Gabby", "god bless" and "rest in paradise".

"Gabby Petito. Such a beautiful soul taken way too soon. You are loved and will never be forgotten," one message states.

Another reads: "RIP Gabby. You made your mark on us."

The messages come after the release of her boyfriend Brian Laundrie's bombshell notebook in which he made a series of shocking admissions about Petito's death.


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Brian and Gabby had been on a cross-country road trip touring the US national parks when Gabby vanished in late August, two weeks after the couple was involved in a domestic violence dispute in Moab, Utah.

Laundrie insisted in the journal that he took his girlfriend Gabby Petito's life because she had an injury and refused to let him get help, which has been questioned by those following the case.

"I don't know the extent of Gabby's injuries, only that she was in extreme pain," scrawled the 23-year-old.

"I ended her life. I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock

"From the moment I decided, took away her pain, I knew I couldn't go on without her," Brian added.

The notepad was recovered by the FBI from the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on October 20, 2021, along with his skeletal remains.

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Gabby was reported missing by her parents on September 11 after they failed to reach her or Brian and his family as the couple travelled across the US.

Her body was found on September 19 in Grand Teton National Park.

Brian, 23, then disappeared on September 13 but was not reported missing by his parents until days later.

A warrant was then issued for his arrest on September 23; his remains were found on October 21.

A judge last month denied Brian's parents' motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Gabby's parents, which claims they knew Brian had killed their daughter before she was found dead.

The court ruling means the Petito family's civil case against Christopher and Roberta Laundrie will now proceed to trial where it will be heard in front of a jury.

The Petitos allege that Christopher and Roberta deliberately withheld information that their son had killed Gabby during a cross-country road trip and helped him flee justice.

At the center of the case is a statement released by the Laundrie family lawyer Steve Bertolino on Sept. 16, as investigators searched the Grand Teton National Park for traces of Petito.

“On behalf of the Laundrie family, it is our hope that the search for Ms. Petito is successful and that Ms. Petito is reunited with her family,” the statement in question read.

The family's statement – while allegedly knowing Gabby was dead – provided false hope and invoked emotional distress, Petito's lawyer, Patrick Reilly, argued in court.

Judge Hunter W Carroll denied a motion by the Laundries to dismiss the case in a ruling issued, calling Berolino's statement "objectively outrageous."

“Because the Laundries’ statement by their attorney in the context of the unique facts of this case is objectively outrageous, the Court concludes that Plaintiffs have stated causes of action for intentional infliction of emotional distress against the Laundries,” Carroll ruled.

The judge further added that he would have ruled in the Laundrie's favor had they stayed silent during the search for Gabby.

“But they did not stay silent," Carroll said.

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Laundrie's dad Christopher told The Sun earlier this month: "This isn't right … we're being tried by media."

He had been hiking in the same Florida park where his son's skeletal remains were found last October.

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