Brian Laundrie’s family wants an apology!
The family of the 23-year-old murderer are BEYOND ticked off about a clue “Celebrity Jeopardy!” recently aired.
The question used Laundrie’s name and the location of where his body was discovered by law enforcement officials following a weeks-long manhunt.
“Celebrity Jeopardy!” Faces Backlash For “Tasteless” Clue
On Monday, ‘Celeb Jeopardy!’ used the following clue, “In 2021 Fugitive Brian Laundrie Ended His Days In Fla.’s Myakkahatchee Creek Area, Home to These Long & Toothy Critters.”
Celebrity contestant Joel Kim Booster responded, “What are alligators?” He answered correctly.
The show was met with immediate backlash from social media users.
Brian Laundrie, who confessed to killing Gabby Petito before committing suicide in Florida, was featured as an answer on Celebrity @Jeopardy last night.
It read, “Brian Laundrie ended his days,” referencing his suicide.
Suicide featured on a *game show.* pic.twitter.com/WecxFhYStl
— JB Biunno #HeyJB (@WFLAJB) November 15, 2022
“Wow that’s incredibly insensitive,” one person commented.
“This is absolutely disgusting,” another replied.
Brian’s Family Break Their Silence!
Yet another angered viewer responded to the clue writing, “I’m sorry but this upsets me. He shouldn’t be getting his name ANYWHERE. It sickens me. He would actually LOVE this attention .”
Chris and Roberta Laundrie’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, issued a statement to TMZ.
“The entire Laundrie family is appalled and concurs with all of the comments on social media on how distasteful this was. I believe an apology is due,” the statement read.
You may recall that Laudrie killed his fiancée, Gabby Petito, during a cross-country road trip. Gabby was strangled to death by him in August 2021.
He admitted to murdering the 22-year-old in a series of journal entries.
Following Gabby’s murder, the 23-year-old showed up to his parent’s North Port, Florida home alone and disappeared into the Carlton Nature Reserve near Chris and Roberta’s home.
His remains were found in late-October 2021. His body had been dismembered by wildlife in the nature reserve. He was identified by dental records.
Gabby’s Parents Sue Law Enforcement For Millions!
Gabby’s parents have not yet spoken out about the “Celebrity Jeopardy!” clue.
Nichole Schmidt and Joseph Petito recently filed a $50M lawsuit against the Moab police department.
On Thursday, November 3rd, Gabby’s parents and legal team filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Moab City Police Department in Utah.
You’ll recall that Gabby and Laundrie were stopped by Moab police officers in August 2021, the same month she is believed to have been murdered, after an anonymous caller tipped them off about a domestic violence situation.
The caller told dispatchers they saw a man [Laundrie] slapping a woman [Gabby].
Police body camera footage shows a very distressed Gabby recounting how her fiancé grabbed her face and scratched her and also pushed her.
A different body camera shows Laundrie smiling, laughing and accusing Gabby of being emotional and hysterical.
One of the family’s lawyer, James W. McConkie, also announced that new information was found by Gabby’s family that one of the officers, Eric Pratt, who spoke to their daughter during the traffic is accused of having a history of domestic abuse.
“[Pratt] was a domestic abuser, who has used authority and threats of physical violence to control and intimidate sexual partners,” according to another Petito family attorney, Brian Stewart.
“Gabby Would Be Alive Today”
He believes the officer was “fundamentally biased and likely ignored Gabby.
“All police departments need to follow the law as it’s written,” the lawyer said.
Gabby’s family is asking for an investigation into the police department as to why the officer was allowed to still be on the force.
“We believe that Gabby would be alive today if he had done his job to enforce the law as is written and protected Gabby that day,” he said.
The Petito family announced they planned to file the $50 million lawsuit back in early August.
McConkie explained the purpose of the lawsuit in a statement.
“The epidemic of domestic violence is a silent killer, the sign and symptoms of which often go unrecognized by those not familiar with interpersonal violence. … To combat domestic violence, each of us has to do our part to call out abusers and know how to identify systemic problems that enable abuse, even when that is difficult to do,” he said.
The Moab City PD responded to the wrongful death lawsuit claiming their officers were not responsible for Gabby’s murder.
Moab city said it “will ardently defend” against the lawsuit and that its police officers acted “with findings, respect and empathy toward Ms. Petito.”
The city noted that Gabby’s death occurred over two weeks after their run-in with Moab police and in another state.