Gabby Petito’s memorial service to be held on Long Island


BLUE POINT, Long Island (WABC) – A memorial service will be held for Blue Point native Gabby Petito on Sunday afternoon in Long Island.

Services at Moloney Funeral Home in Holbrook will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m.

On Saturday, Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, announced the creation of the “Gabby Petito Foundation”.

In a tweet, he said the foundation will provide resources and advice to families of missing children.

“No one should have to find their child on their own,” he said, “we are looking to help people in situations similar to Gabby’s.”

A link to the Gabby Petito Foundation can be found here.

The funeral will be Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home, with the service open to the public.

Moloney Funeral Home will take extraordinary measures to maintain the privacy of Gabby Petito’s family and friends during Sunday’s funeral. The Suffolk County Police Department will have additional resources for traffic and safety.

A vigil was held Saturday evening in Florida for Gabby Petito.

People who were touched by its story gathered in North Port, home to Brian Laundrie and his family. Those in attendance say they want justice for Gabby and have a message for her parents.

Gabby Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, posted on Facebook after a 12-day silence.

She wrote, in part,

Going through all the articles, my heart is full of love. I wish I could reach out and kiss each one of you. Your support has been so overwhelming. “

On Friday, the residents of Blue Point resolved to find light in the grim tragedy. They lit candles for Gabby Petito at a memorial that stretched as far as the eye could see – to show her family that they are not alone.

Organizers spread the word “Light the Night For Gabby Petito” in the hope that the event will not only spread to Long Island, but across the country as well.
The candles were distributed with a request for a donation of $ 20, with the proceeds going to Gabby’s family.

RELATED | Timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance: what we know so far

The FBI said investigators were still seeking information from anyone who might have seen the couple around Grand Teton.

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