Breaking ranks, Brian Laundrie’s sister Cassie spoke out on Monday by saying she “didn’t know” whether her fugitive brother killed his friend Gabby Petito and claimed their parents are refusing to talk to her.
She also said she was “furious” at her parents’ lawyer, Steve Bertolino, who told the press on Friday that Cassie has seen her brother twice since Petito’s disappearance – on September 1 and 6 – despite telling the press earlier. ABC’s Good Morning America, ‘I haven’t been able to talk to him. I wish I could talk to him.’
Cassie was seen confronting a group of protesters who had gathered outside her home since Bertolino’s statement three days ago and questioned her about them on Oct. 4.
“Besides, I’m losing my parents and my brother and my children’s aunt and my future sister-in-law and you’re not helping,” Cassie told them.
Cassie Laundrie refused to defend her brother Brian’s innocence in the murder of Gabby Petito, claiming that their parents refuse to talk to her. She can be seen above with her husband James Luycx in an interview with protesters outside her home on Oct. 4
Brian’s sister said she was “furious” at her parents’ lawyer Steve Bertolino, who told the press on Friday that Cassie has seen her brother twice since Petito’s disappearance – on September 1 and 6 – despite claiming otherwise in an earlier interview.
A protester asked Cassie if she thinks her parents were involved in Petito’s death, to which she said, “I don’t know. We literally took everything out of the news, just like everyone else.’
When asked if she wants your brother to turn himself in, Cassie says, “Of course.”
At one point she is asked, “Based on all things on the internet, do you think Brian killed Gabby?”
“I don’t know,” she says.
Cassie also said that she has never seen Brian Petito hit or act violently against women.
Clarifying the timeline of events from her perspective, Cassie confirmed that Brian left his and Petito’s west coast trip around August 17 to return to Florida, shortly after the couple were apprehended by police in Moab, Utah.
She spoke to protesters who have remained outside her home since the attorney’s statements, which contradicted media reports that Cassie had not seen Brian. Above was Brian and Petito in an Instagram photo during their cross-country trip on June 26
Cassie said she has never seen Brian Petito hit or be violent towards women
Chris (back) and Roberta (front) Laundrie, parents of Brian Laundrie, left their home in North Port, Florida. Cassie said she doesn’t know if they were involved in Petito’s death
Laundrie’s parents were under FBI surveillance
Cassie saw Brian on September 1, but he came to her home in the Mustang family and not the van he and Petito had driven. She also saw him on a family vacation on Sept. 6 at Fort De Soto Park, but said Petito’s name was not mentioned and she was unaware at the time that Petito was missing.
“We had s’mores, we ate. We had our kids there. Nothing came up. We told the FBI everything and the world doesn’t need to know what the FBI knows. That’s why we’re quiet. This is me standing up to them.’
Cassie claimed in an interview with ABC’s Good Moring America on Sept. 17—two days before Petito’s body was found in Wyoming—that she hadn’t spoken to her brother since Sept.[ed] I had more information’ to give researchers.
Her version of events was unraveled Friday, when Dog the Bounty Hunter – who joined the manhunt for Laundrie – revealed he had received a tip about Cassie joining her brother and parents at the Fort De Soto Park campground.
When Bertolino told reporters on Friday that Cassie saw Brian after Petitio’s disappearance, she appeared to have been caught lying. Cassie told the protesters that her children didn’t know their Aunt Gabby was dead until the protesters shouted it outside her house, calling her a liar.
She claimed on Monday that the media “misunderstood” her words about the last time she saw her brother and that she meant that she has not been able to talk to Brian since he went missing.
On October 4, a plane flew over Cassie Laundrie’s house with the message ‘Justice 4 Gabby – tik tok times up’.
Protesters told Cassie and Luycx they gave the group what they wanted and they wouldn’t come back
Protesters also gathered outside the Florida home of fugitive Brian Laundrie on Sept. 27, reprimanding his parents for failing to help police search for their son.
She says in the video, “I’m in the boat where I’m ignored by my family and thrown under the bus by my family’s lawyer. . . I’m furious and I don’t speak to anyone. I’m done with it because that’s what made my kids find out in this horrible way. We waited for some sort of closure, so the kids were just sad instead of sad and worried and now scared of you.’
Asked for comment from NewsNation, Bertolino said, “I’m not representing Cassie Laundrie. Cassie’s comments can only be attributed to the press twisting my words and hers, which were given only to clear up previous mischaracterizations by the press, hoping to further sensationalize this tragic story.”
Cassie spoke to the group for about 20 minutes and told her to get in the water for that, but to avoid the protests upset her children.
“This isn’t what we want to do,” she said. “This is not how we want the world to find out when we are angry and upset. But I can’t let my kids cry three days in a row.’
Luycx said, ‘The sooner he is found, the sooner this will be over for us.’
‘We like to give’ [Brian Laundrie’s] cousins an answer to the question of when they can see their grandparents again,” says Cassie Laundrie’s husband, James Luycx. ‘When you know, [they can] see their uncle or something like that. He was their hero.’
At the end of the video, the protester said that Cassie and Luycx gave the group what they wanted and that they weren’t coming back.