IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (ABC4) — Brandon Boudreaux, formerly married to Lori Vallow Daybell’s niece, released a statement Sunday, May 14, after Lori was convicted of conspiracy to commit the murder of her children and her husband’s former wife.
The Boudreaux family’s statement thanked everyone who was involved in the judicial process that led to Lori’s guilty verdict and said the family will rely on faith to find healing, according to East Idaho News.
Boudreaux and his family were reportedly close to Lori’s family and even baptized Tylee into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Boudreaux and Pawlowski were divorced in June of 2019 after Melani Pawlowski became involved in Lori and Chad’s religious activities, which Boudreaux called “a cult.” Melani also allegedly said she received a revelation from God that she wasn’t safe at the house with him, and used this argument against him in court to establish visitation rights.
The following month, Lori organized a “casting” for Brandon, saying he had an “evil spirit.” In October, Boudreaux was returning home when someone allegedly tried to shoot him.
The statement spoke of mourning the loss of those who were killed and finished by advocating for sincere forgiveness, accountability for those responsible, and true change.
“We encourage all to consider that this world is already so full of divisiveness. We advocate for forgiveness and privacy where possible. We live by the hope that the worst part of our lives does not become who we are,” the statement reads.
The statement, originally reported by East Idaho News, can be read in full below:
We are very grateful to all who have been involved in this and corresponding cases over the past several years and who will continue to be involved until all those responsible have been given their chance in our judicial process. We want to express gratitude for the effort and time spent by so many to bring forward the truth. Our judicial process can’t bring back loved ones nor can it heal those left behind missing them. We will choose to lean on our faith for healing and express gratitude to the jury of our peers who had to face those horrible things to help bring about resolution.
We recognize that people are not inherently good or evil. It’s what makes these tragic events so much harder for those of us who were all affected by these crimes. While we do not glory in any conviction, we recognize the importance of holding accountable those who would commit such terrible atrocities. Tylee and JJ will be forever missed. They are precious and unique and will always be loved.We mourn the loss of them, we also mourn Charles as many have seen he was truly a good man. He loved his family and showed his love by providing so much for so many who knew him. He was always quick to make all feel welcome and he never let anyone go without. He was quick to spoil his family. He is missed every day.
We wish all of you could have known the good times our families shared: Disney, beaches, football games and holidays are treasured memories. As we have watched silently while complete strangers rally for justice, we thank you for standing for truth. We mourn with the Daybell and Douglas families. We never met Tammy but she and you have been in our most sincere prayers. We can’t imagine the pain of your loss and hope that this process might help with healing and closure.
Lastly, many people have been involved in these events, some by choice and others perhaps not. Regardless of how they are involved, we encourage all to consider that this world is already so full of divisiveness. We advocate for forgiveness and privacy where possible. We live by the hope that the worst part of our lives does not become who we are. We do not condone nor encourage less prosecution for those accountable, but instead, encourage true change and accountability for those involved. We hope for sincere forgiveness for those affected that they might not carry the burden of hatred with the pain of loss.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
To see a full timeline of the Lori Vallow Daybell case and a family tree of how everyone is connected, click here.