September 29, 2021
Gabby Petito's father, Joseph Petito, had a touching and emotional message to share with the world at his daughter's funeral ceremony in Long Island on Sunday, September 26. Her stepfather also shared his heartfelt thoughts.
In his message, Joseph talked about domestic abuse, all the while praising his young daughter, whose body had recently been found by the FBI. The police are still searching for Gabby's boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.
Gabby's family members and many others believe that he might have disappeared purposely, given that everyone was looking for him. While Gabby's father attended the funeral with a heavy heart, he requested others not to be sad.
Joseph asked the people to honor Gabby without being mournful because she wouldn't have wanted things that way. He also gave a little relationship advice to everyone, following his own experience dealing with a young girl's death. He said:
“If there is a relationship that you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, leave it now. Take care of yourself first."
He then shared a few videos of Gabby's road trip, hoping that they would help inspire the people, including girls and women. Gabby's father shared another piece of advice, adding that if anyone wanted to go on a trip somewhere, they should do it now rather than wait.
Given the uncertainty of life and the sudden demise of his 22-year-old daughter, he urged people to do things while they still had the time. He explained how truly amazing Gabby was, further adding:
“So, if you’re going to leave here today, I’m asking that you guys be inspired by the way she treated people, all people."
Joseph shared that the entire planet knew who his daughter was, not just because she was a famous YouTuber, but for the way she lived and left the world inspiring everyone.
Several people attended Gabby's funeral ceremony, and many of them came from distant areas to offer their condolence and pay respect. Her body was identified earlier this week in Wyoming, and a coroner confirmed that her death was a case of a suspected homicide.
However, the cause of death is still not fully known. Gabby was honored with an empty urn because her body is still under police custody. Laundrie's family revealed that they had not heard from him for a week.
The Florida police are busy scanning a 25,000-acre nature reserve, hoping to find a trail that might lead to Laundrie, who is a person of major interest in the case.
The Florida blogger Gabby was reported missing by her family back in August. During the time, she had been traveling around the U.S. with Laundrie, and they resided in a camper van, sharing their travel diaries online.
Laundrie then came back home without her in early September and went missing when things went awry. The couple also fought on August 12 in Utah, with the police sharing bodycam footage where a highly stressed-out Gabby and a calm Laundrie were visible.
Laundrie was seen blaming his girlfriend's psychological health for their fight. Another person shared that they witnessed Gabby and Laundrie having a heated argument over the phone the same day. Meanwhile, Gabby's mother had also revealed that the couple had a bumpy relationship.
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