Gabby Petito wrote a letter to Brian Laundrie asking him to stop insulting her

In the letter, Gabby Petito urges Brian Laundrie to “stop crying” and expresses her love for him

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Before being strangled to death by her fiancé, Gabby Petito wrote Brian Laundrie a letter imploring him to stop insulting him.

The letter was recently released by the FBI, along with hundreds of other documents related to the murder investigation in a file reviewed by PEOPLE.

Petito, 22, was found dead in September 2021 near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, more than a week after she was reported missing. Laundrie, who had been named a person of interest, was found dead by suicide in Florida a month later, with a backpack that the FBI said contained a notebook in which he admitted responsibility for her death.

The letter written by Petito released as part of the FBI’s collection of evidence does not contain a date, but provides a first-hand account of the relationship between the two.

“You know how much I love you,” the letter opens. “…Please stop crying and stop insulting me because we are a team and I am here with you.”

In the emotional letter, Petito expresses concern that she is “frustrated” that she cannot do more when Laundrie is suffering and that she loves him “too much.”

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Meet Gabby/Facebook Gabby Petito, left, and Brian Laundrie

Petito and Laundrie had taken a minibus trip across the country, passing through several national parks and documenting it on social media.

Petito’s subsequent disappearance was the subject of intense national media attention.

Related: “Gabby Petito’s Father Didn’t Like the Term ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome.’ Now He’s Helping Families of Color Find Their Loved Ones (Exclusive)

Her family now works to help families of missing people of color, who don’t always receive the same level of attention.

“We want to help all the missing people”, his father Joe Petito previously told PEOPLE. “If the media doesn’t continue to do this for everyone, it’s a shame because Gabby isn’t the only one who deserves this.”

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