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Gabrielle PetitoHis life was honored in a public memorial service on Sunday, September 26th.
Family, close friends, and hundreds of mourners gathered in Holbrook, NY to pay their respects to the 22-year-old YouTuber in a live-streaming funeral. Several family members and close friends of Gabby made moving speeches during the service, including her father, Joseph Petitowho shared words of remembrance in honor of his slain daughter.
“Gabby is the most amazing person I have ever met,” he said in his eulogy. “I ask you guys to be inspired by the way she treated people, all people … She really loved people.”
He added, “If you leave here today, be inspired by what she brought with her,” and also said, “I couldn’t be more proud as a father.”
Gabby was found dead in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest last weekend after going missing cross-country after a road trip with her fiancé. Brian LaundryWho authorities are currently looking for.
“If you want to take a trip, take it now,” said Gabby’s father in his laudatory speech. “Do it now while you have time. If there is a relationship you live in that may not be best for you, leave it now. ”
Gabby’s stepfather Jim Schmidt, who had traveled to Wyoming to help find her and pay tribute to her at the point where her body was found, also spoke at the funeral service. He was talking about a tattoo she had on her arm that read “Let It Be,” the famous title Beatles Song.
“It’s okay to grieve for Gabby and it’s okay to feel sadness and pain,” he told People. “But we want to celebrate her and her life. We need to hold onto all of these wonderful memories that we shared with her because that will be the answer. Let it be.”
Instead of flowers, Petito’s family asks for donations for the foundation that they want to set up on their behalf.