Published On: Sun, Sep 26th, 2021

Gabby Petito funeral held for the public as Brian Laundrie manhunt continues

Gabby Petito’s household invited the public to a funeral for their daughter Sunday afternoon as the search for Brian Laundrie, her fiancé and individual of curiosity in her killing, enters the second week.

The public was invited to the Moloney Funeral Home in Holbrook, New York, between the hours of midday and 5 p.m., her father beforehand introduced. Mourners who gathered on Long Island for the companies included household, pals and Petito’s former coworkers as effectively as those that have been monitoring the younger lady’s case by means of current headlines.

Lexi Ruiz recalled working with Petito at a restaurant in close by Patchogue that Ruiz managed.

“She was always willing to help someone else,” Ruiz said. “She was just such a light…It’s nice to see so many people come together and support her family.”

Desiree Keeffe, a buddy of Petito’s mom, known as Petito a “beautiful soul.”

“She gave you love,” Keeffe said. “She was just a beautiful soul. She touched everybody like she did now.”

Petito, 22, went lacking in August whereas residing out of a van as she and Laundrie traveled throughout the nation, documenting their journey on Instagram with the hashtag #VanLife.

Laundrie returned residence to North Port, Florida of their van on Sept. 1 with out Petito and her household reported her lacking 10 days later. Petito’s mom mentioned she final spoke together with her daughter on a FaceTime name round Aug. 24 when the couple left Salt Lake City for Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Petito seemingly additionally despatched a textual content message saying there was no service in Yosemite National Park, however it’s unclear whether or not Petito despatched the message.

Authorities introduced final week that they’d recognized stays discovered at a Wyoming campground that had been confirmed to be Petito. Officials mentioned the method of loss of life was murder, however the official reason for loss of life will probably be decided when an post-mortem is accomplished.

Laundrie, 23, has been named as an individual of curiosity in the case and has not cooperated with investigators, police mentioned. He disappeared about two weeks in the past after his household advised investigators he had gone mountain climbing in Carlton Reserve in Florida final week and by no means returned.

Flowers and pictures adorn a makeshift memorial devoted for Gabby Petito in North Port, Fla., on Sept. 21, 2021.Octavio Jones / Getty Images

The FBI searched his household’s Florida residence the place he and Petito had been residing previous to their cross-country journey.

Laundrie has not been charged in Petito’s loss of life however a federal court docket in Wyoming issued an arrest warrant for him Thursday for allegedly utilizing “one or more unauthorized access devices,” particularly a debit card and private identification numbers for two accounts.

Steve Bertolino, an lawyer for the Laundrie household, mentioned the warrant “is related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to her actual demise.”

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