Murdered Gabby Petito’s family are trying to sue cops for a whopping $50m (£44m) after claiming their negligence led to her death.
The tragic 22-year-old’s body was found on the edge of Grand Teton national park in Wyoming after being strangled, with boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, then discovered dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He admitted killing his ex-fiancée in a "suicide note" found near his remains, the FBI said.
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It was a case that captured the attention of the world after the differences between Gabby’s widely followed Instagram account, where she was shown to be smiling and laughing, and the darker reality of the domestic violence she was experiencing were exposed.
Now, Gabby’s family say cops should have done more to prevent her untimely death after officers with the Moab police department stopped the pair without issuing a domestic violence citation.
Their lawsuit alleges that police should have spotted the signs of violence they had been trained to look out for.
It accused a Moab officer of being “fundamentally biased in his approach to the investigation” and intentionally “looking for loopholes to get around the requirements of Utah law and his duty to protect Gabby”.
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“The purpose of this lawsuit is to honour Gabby’s legacy by demanding accountability and working for change in the system to protect victims of domestic abuse and violence and to prevent such tragedies in the future," it added.
At a press conference launched in Salt Lake City yesterday (November 3) Gabby’s devastated mum Nicole Schmidt stood next to a snap showing her late daughter smiling.
She told reporters: “There are laws put in place to protect victims. And those laws were not followed. And we don’t want this to happen to anybody else.”
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But cops denied the allegations and city spokesperson Lisa Adams argued: "The death of Gabrielle Petito in Wyoming is a terrible tragedy, and we feel profound sympathy…
"At the same time, it is clear that Moab City Police Department officers are not responsible for Gabrielle Petito’s eventual murder.
“Our officers acted with kindness, respect and empathy toward Ms Petito.
“No one could have predicted the tragedy that would occur weeks later and hundreds of miles away, and the city of Moab will ardently defend against this lawsuit.”
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