After the daughter of Gabby Petito’s estranged husband was found slain in a heavily wooded area in Chantilly, the victim’s family took to social media to show support and ask questions.
But members of the Petito family say family members of Brian Laundrie have instead responded with a campaign to discredit their efforts and try to discredit their daughter-in-law.
Laundrie was indicted Thursday on charges of felony murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the death of Petty Officer Second Class Cierra Fitzgerald, the 26-year-old daughter of Petito and his wife, Rickie. Her body was found last week in the woods, and Laundrie is the sole suspect.
Petito was ordered held without bond and is scheduled to appear in court again April 4.
The father of Fitzgerald recently took to Facebook to go after Gabby Petito and her family.
Nina Petito wrote that her daughter is being referred to as a gold digger, trying to place blame on her husband’s ex-girlfriend and their high-profile divorce as much as possible.
“Anyone would love to lay a guilt trip on us when a family member or friend has no ability to help themselves,” Nina Petito wrote. “Don’t make her feel like she wasn’t able to help herself.”
Jim Votava, a spokesperson for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, said in a statement that both Laundrie and the DCFS were aware of the divorce.
In addition, Laundrie was previously involved in juvenile court cases and is no longer allowed on the base where Petty Officer Fitzgerald worked, NCIS said.
Petito was scheduled to be buried at Fort Knox, Ky., and Laundrie is expected to appear in court there March 26, though investigators say he could appear in Alexandria or Prince William County.