A family friend of Gabby Petito refused to utter Brian Laundrie’s name during an emotional TV interview — referring to him only as “the evil one.”
“Evil took out, extinguished one of the brightest lights on this planet,” she said, saying that 22-year-old Long Island native Petito had a smile that “lit up the entire world.”
“Her smile is unforgettable. Her smile would light up any room,” said Polsley.
“Everybody fell in love with her. It’s hard not to,” she said of the “beautiful” woman she had known since she was “a little kid.”
“She was so easy to fall in love with, which is why the world has really taken to this whole story,” she said.
Polsley believes Petito and her family had “a false sense of security” because she’d “known Laundrie forever” after first meeting at Bayport Blue Point High School on Long Island.
“It turns out that he was super abusive,” she said of her friend’s fiancé who was reportedly slapping Petito when police were called on them in Utah on Aug. 12, shortly before she disappeared during their cross-country road trip.
Polsley’s interview came soon after the FBI announced an arrest warrant had been issued for Laundrie for allegedly using a Capital One debit card that may have belonged to Petito.
“At first I was like, ‘the audacity, that he had the nerve to go and use her credit card,’” Polsely told “NewsNation.”
“But you know what that $1,000 bought him? A federal arrest warrant. So well worth it, then,” she said.