Please Stop Calling Brian Laundrie Gabby Petito’s ‘Boyfriend’—Call Him What He Is

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“Can the media do women a solid right now?

Can y’all stop calling this man Gabby Petito’s fiancé and call him what he is?

Her suspected murderer.

The person of interest in her case.


The last person to see her alive.

Stop calling him a missing person.

She was a missing person.

Daniel Robinson is a missing person.

Tyler Jay is a missing person.

Hundreds of indigenous women are missing.

Brian Laundrie is on the run.

To reiterate.

He is her suspected murderer, not fiancé or boyfriend.

He lost that title.

Her name should not forever be tied to his.

A fiancé or boyfriend is compassionate, loving, empathetic and protective.

He was not.

He is not missing.

He fled.

He’s in hiding.

He’s eluding law enforcement.

Your words matter, and they should be used to paint the correct picture.

Not a fairytale.

Gabby’s life didn’t end in a fairytale.

It ended tragically and he’s the primary person of interest, the last to see her alive, the one to not only flee the scene and state leaving her alone – he fled his home.

Rest In Peace, Gabby.

And may the coverage of your tragic end wake the masses on the disparity of media coverage for others.”

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