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An upcoming documentary on the murder of Gabby Petito has divided opinion, with followers of the influencer rushing to the defence of her parents for their involvement.
The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies and Social Media will air just months after the 22-year-old's remains were discovered in Teton County, Wyoming.
Her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, was being considered as a 'person of interest' in investigations into her death, before his own body was found with an autopsy confirming he died by suicide.
A new trailer for the documentary, which is scheduled to air later this month on Peacock, promises exclusive interviews with Gabby’s father and step-mother Joe and Tara.
In the trailer, Gabby's father tells cameras: "It was a blur" as he looks through old photos of his daughter.
Her stepmother Tara adds through tears: "I don't know what justice for Gabby looks like at this point."
After tuning into the trailer, some criticised Peacock and Gabby Petito's parents for rushing to make a documentary about her case so soon, accusing them of "cashing in" on the tragedy.
However, others were quick to defend Gabby's parents, arguing that her story was an important one that could save other potential victims who might find themselves in Gabby's position.
Discussing the upcoming documentary on Reddit, one user wrote: "I would understand the naysayers about the documentary if it was a random doc, and course networks/companies are going to try and cash in on the tragedy - but I strongly believe her parents would decline the offer/wouldn't participate if they didn't feel it was important and that they need/want to get her story out from their perspective."
Another added: "Her parents have been pretty quiet outside of pleading for information. I don’t remember there even being any accusations. I think they are wanting to make sure others are educated about red flags."
A third commented: "This seems like it’s from her parents point of view. They want their story heard. It’s their right. You don’t have to watch if it doesn’t interest you."
One Redditor argued that there could be something in Gabby's documentary that will 'resonate with someone else in an unhealthy relationship and/or make their loved ones recognize something unhealthy and allow them to intervene. If her family supports this I don’t think it’s anyone else’s place to take issue with it.'
The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies and Social Media will air on Peacock in the US on December 17, 2021.
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