September 16, 2016 03:30 PM

Bobby Brown feels he is one step closer to justice when it comes to the shocking death of his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

On Friday morning, Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford ruled Nick Gordon is civilly liable in her death after the late Brown’s boyfriend failed to appear in court for the second time, her estate lawyer R. David Ware said in a press conference. Because Gordon failed to appear twice, the judge said anything alleged by the plaintiff is admitted through omission.

“I am pleased with the outcome of today’s court proceedings,” Brown tells PEOPLE in a statement. “All I ever wanted was answers relating to who and what caused my daughter’s death. Today’s judgment tells me it was Nick Gordon. Now I need to process all the emotions I have and lean on God to get me and my family through this.”

Bobby Brown and Bobbi Kristina Brown
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“In court today, we finally finished a long journey for justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown,” Brown’s estate attorney R. David Ware had said outside of court. “The court agrees with us, by striking Mr. Gordon’s answer that he is legally responsible for her death. The only thing left to prove is the value of her life. We intend to do that.”

Judge Bedford will now determine the amount of damages to be awarded to Brown’s estate. The suit asked for $50 million.

“We are praising God. This has been a long time coming. But all the judgments in the world won’t bring Krissy back,” a Brown family source told PEOPLE after the ruling. “We miss her every single day. Even when there’s justice, it’s not comfort. She was gone too soon, and we all have to live with that. I hope Nick lives with it every day for the rest of his life, because we sure are.”

Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her home in January 2015 and died last July after being in a coma for six months.

Though Gordon (who has continuously denied any involvement in his girlfriend’s death) has never been criminally charged in her death, a source in the Fulton County District Attorney’s office tells PEOPLE the criminal investigation is “still ongoing.”

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