TikToker Justin Shepherd flies 'Justice4Gabby' banner outside Laundrie residence
NORTH PORT, FLORIDA: A single-engine plane on Monday, October 4, flew a banner over Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie's parents' house with a simple message written on — “Justice 4 Gabby – TikTok Times up.” It was the work of a TikToker, Justin Shepherd, who had decided to tell the Laundries that it was high time they got the message and divulge what they knew about the Gabby Petito case and Brian Laundrie's mysterious disappearance just before he was named a "person of interest." Shepherd came up with the idea of the banner and excecuted it thanks to his social media supporters.
“It came up on one of my TikTok videos and my followers wanted to do it,” Shepherd told WFLA-TV. “All of a sudden, Venmo donations started coming in.” This stunt is a dig at Brian Laundrie's parents, who according to online discussions, have helped their son evade justice. Reportedly, it cost Shepherd $2,550 to rent the plane for a couple of hours and have the banner flown over the house. Donations had poured in from supporters to help Shepherd orcherstrate the stunt.
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Meanwhile, Brian Laundrie's sister, Cassie Laundrie, recently said her family has been ignoring her after her brother disappeared and Gabby Petito died. Addressing protesters outside her Lakewood Ranch home Monday, October 4, Cassie said she did not know if her parents helped Brian escape, and that she has not been able to speak with them. "I'm in the boat where I'm getting ignored by my family and thrown under the bus by my family's attorney," Cassie Laundrie told a group of protesters.
Cassie seemed to be referring to their family attorney Steve Bertolino, who told Fox News Digital in a text message on the night of October 4, "I do not represent Cassie Laundrie. Cassie’s comments can only be attributed to the press twisting my words and hers, which were only given to clarify prior mischaracterizations by the press, with the hopes of further sensationalizing this tragic story." Recently, Brian Laundrie's mother, Roberta, was accused of buying a burner phone to keep in touch with her son, who has been missing for several days now. Meanwhile, the family attorney of Brian Laundrie's parents has said that Chris and Roberta Laundrie are not aware of their son's whereabouts. “Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is,” attorney Steven Bertolino said in a statement. “They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him.” “The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong,” he added.