Gabrielle PetitoLife was honored at a public memorial service on Sunday 26 September.
Family, close friends and hundreds of mourners gathered in Holbrook, New York, to pay tribute to the 22-year-old YouTuber at the funeral, which was live-streamed. Several members of Gabby’s family and close friends made heartwarming speeches during the service, including her father, joseph petito, who shared words of remembrance in honor of his deceased daughter.
“Gabby is the most amazing person I’ve ever met,” he said in his eulogy. “I’m telling you guys to be inspired by the way she treated people, all people… She really loved people.”
He continued, “When you leave today, be inspired by what she brought to the table,” adding, “I couldn’t be more proud as a father.”
Gabby was found dead last weekend in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, after going missing after a cross-country road trip with her fiancé. Brian LaundryWhich the authorities are still looking for.
Gabby’s father said in his eulogy, “If there’s a trip you want to take, take it now.” “Do it now while you have time. If there’s a relationship you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, leave it now.”
Gabby’s stepfather Jim Schmidt, who had traveled to Wyoming to help with the search and paid tribute to the site where his body was found, also spoke at the memorial service. He talked about a tattoo on his arm that read, “Let It Be,” the title of the famous Beatles Sing.
“It’s okay to grieve for Gabby, and it’s okay to feel sadness and pain,” he said, according to People. “But we want to celebrate her and how she lived her life. We need to keep all the wonderful memories we shared with her, because that would be the answer. Let it be.”
In lieu of flowers, Petito’s family is asking for donations to the foundation, which they plan to launch in her name.