The evolving narrative surrounding an investigation into Gabby Petito’s death took another turn this week.
According to reports, a makeshift memorial to Petito was erected near the Florida home of her boyfriend’s parents.
Protests and alleged threats
Fox News shared a video clip on Twitter that showed two women adding to a growing collection of items near the edge of the property. Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie has gone missing and is considered a person of interest in connection with her death.
One of the women in the video is shown hammering a wooden stake into the ground. Upon being asked what message the attached sign displayed, she said it was a “remember me Gabby sign.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 15, 2021
Signs are apparently not the only items being left for Laundrie’s family. His sister and brother-in-law say they have been targeted with threats of violence.
Cassie Laundrie and James Luycx have reportedly sought assistance from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office in response to the threats.
“That’s why we’re silent”
“The reporting party did not share the specifics on the telephone threats and did not wish to report them,” according to an incident report filed last month.
A supplemental note confirmed that Luycx told dispatchers “that the threats were to kill his family and take his kids.”
He also reportedly requested additional police patrols in his neighborhoods and deputies discussed the possibility of installing security cameras at his home. Cassie Laundrie was also spotted engaging with protesters gathered outside her home and has indicated both she and her husband have cooperated with an ongoing FBI investigation.
“The world does not need to know what the FBI knows, and that’s why we’re silent,” she told a crowd of protesters. “We are just as upset, frustrated, and heartbroken as everybody else. I am losing my parents and my brother and my children’s aunt and future sister-in-law on top of this.”
Although Brian Laundrie has not been directly implicated in Petito’s death, police say he illegally accessed her debit cards shortly after her disappearance.