A funeral ceremony celebrating Gabby Petito’s legacy drew long lines of mourners to Holbrook.
Petito’s likeness as an angel adorned the chapel at Maloney Funeral Home, where family members paid their respects.
Gabby’s father, Joseph Petito, urged mourners to be inspired by his daughter’s loving heart and passion for life, rather than sad.
“Love is genderless. He stated, “Love knows no limits… she truly loved people.”
Petito’s family recalled better memories in a film montage, including family trips and milestone events that reflected her adventurous, carefree nature.
Two fire engines were parked on either side of the funeral home, each with a ladder extended, and a line of firefighters could be seen flowing inside the structure. A chainlink fence across the street was covered with posters of Petito’s image and inscriptions such as “She impacted the globe.”
Mourners told News 12 that knowing how much Petito meant to so many people gives them peace and resilience.
Linda Woolney of Nesconset stated, “I hope they know the love and support they have and the backbone that this community has provided for them, that they are not battling this alone.”
Petito’s parents reported her missing on Sept. 11 after she didn’t answer her phone or react to texts for several days when she and Brian Laundrie were visiting parks in the West. After he returned to North Port, Florida without her, Laundrie was reported missing on Sept. 17.
Her corpse was located in a remote area of northern Wyoming last Sunday. Laundrie and Petito grew up on Long Island, but migrated to Florida in recent years.
Source of information (New12)