Gabby Petito's Mom Calls Brian Laundrie's Notebook Confession 'Ridiculous': 'Wanted to Look Like the Good Guy'
Nicole Schmidt has announced a $100,000 donation to help combat domestic violence and aid victims , saying that the donation from the Gabby Petito Foundation to the National Domestic Violence Hotline will help other victims like her daughter get help if they find themselves in an abusive relationship. RELATED: 'Narcissists Rewrite History': Gabby Petito's Mom Responds to Brian Laundrie's Notebook Confession It's not the first time that Schmidt has spoken out about Brian Laundrie.
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The mother of Gabby Petito is channeling her grief into advocacy — and hoping to help others escape from domestic violence.
On Thursday, Nichole Schmidt announced that The Gabby Petito Foundation would make a $100,000 donation to the National Domestic Violence Hotline as part of the organization's "Hope Can't Wait" initiative.
The intent: to give other victims the resources to protect themselves and escape violent relationships.
"We're trying to do good for Gabby, and for everybody else," Schmidt told NBC's Today. "Our story begins because of domestic violence tragedy, and we don't want to see that happen to anybody else."
Gabby Petito's family files $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against Utah police
The family of Gabby Petito on Monday announced a wrongful death lawsuit against police in Moab, Utah, accusing the department of failing to properly investigate her domestic violence case and protect her. The lawsuit, which seeks $50 million in damages, comes around the first anniversary of Petito’s death. Petito was 22 when she was reported missing in September 2021. She was on a monthslong cross-country trip living in a van with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. Petito’s body was found in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on Sept. 19, 2021.
RELATED: Brian Laundrie's Parents Skipped Hearing on Civil Lawsuit Alleging They Covered Up Gabby Petito's Murder
Schmidt learned that her daughter was in an abusive relationship in 2021, after Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie spent the summer traveling across the country in a white van together, documenting their adventures on YouTube along the way.
Soon, Petito stopped responding to messages. On Sept. 1, Laundrie quietly returned to his parents' home in North Port, Fla., with their van but without Petito. Ten days later, Schmidt reported her daughter missing.
RELATED: A Timeline of Gabby Petito's Case, from Deadly 'Van Life' Journey to the Search for Fiancé Brian Laundrie © Provided by People AP Photo/John Minchillo Gabby Petito's parents and stepparents at a press conference in September 2021
On Sept. 19, Petito's body was discovered in Grand Teton National Park. Her death was declared a homicide by the county coroner shortly after, and on Oct. 12, it was revealed that she died from strangulation.
Gabby Petito's family files $50-million claim alleging police failed her
Gabby Petito's family has notified Utah officials that they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit alleging police failed to recognize she was in a life-threatening situation last year when they investigated a fight between her and her boyfriend. The fight happened weeks before authorities say the boyfriend killed her while the couple was on a cross-country van trip. © (The Moab Police Department via Associated Press) In this image taken from police body camera video, Gabby Petito talks to an officer after police pulled over the van she was traveling in with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, on Aug. 12, 2021.
Days after Petito's body was discovered, the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a warrant for Laundrie's arrest in relation to activities that occurred after Petito's death — not for her death itself.
Laundrie was never arrested on the Wyoming charges or charged with the disappearance and murder of Petito. On Oct. 20, his remains were discovered in a Florida nature park alongside his backpack and notebook. He had killed himself and left behind a confession about killing Petito.
While Schmidt and the rest of Petito's family have been devastated by their loss, they also intend to make an impact on other people
"She touched the world, right?" Schmidt told Today. "This whole tragedy that happened is for a higher purpose. That's what keeps me going."
If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.
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