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Brian Laundrie admitted to killing his girlfriend Gabby Petito in a notebook left in the Florida swamp where he committed suicidebut insisted that It was an act of “mercy” according to a report on Friday.
“I am done with his life,” he proclaimed in the note, which was recovered by the FBI in October, according to Fox News.
“I thought it was merciful, that it was what she wanted, but now I see all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock.”
Laundrie claimed he wanted to get Petito outwith whom he was supposedly engaged, out of her misery after she fell and hurt herself in the Wyoming desertbut said he repented immediately after killing her.
“From the moment I decided, I took the pain away from her, I knew I couldn’t go on without her,” he wrote.
Petito, a 22-year-old from Long Island, disappeared on a road trip with Laundrie and was found strangled at a campground near the Grand Tetons on September 19.
Laundrie disappeared after his death, sparking a nationwide manhunt for the then-suspected killer.
Laundrie, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park near Sarasota, apologized and asked authorities to go easy on his family in the note.
“Please don’t make life more difficult for my family,” he scribbled on the notebook. “They lost a son and a daughter. The most wonderful girl in the world. Gabby, I’m sorry.
He added: “I feel sorry for my family. This is a shock to them, as well as terrible pain.”
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