Gabby Petito news – latest: Father asks mourners to be ‘inspired’ by daughter as family gather for funeral

Police continue search for Brian Laundrie

Preparations for Gabby Petito’s memorial service are underway near the woman’s hometown of Blue Point, New York. The memorial service, which is open to the public, will be held from 12pm to 5pm at the Maloney Funeral Home. Ms Petito’s family have also established a foundation in her name. The foundation will assist the families of missing people.

Police resumed their search of the Carlton Reserve on Saturday morning, marking the eighth straight day in the hunt Brian Laundrie, a spokesperson said. Although the major part of the search ended on Friday evening, over the weekend investigative crews will focus on “areas of more likelihood”.

On Thursday night, the FBI announced that a federal arrest warrant had been issued in relation to the death of Ms Petito.

“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms Petito’s homicide,” said Special Agent in charge Michael Schneider.

“We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”

Authorities have not said why they are convinced Mr Laundrie, who police call a “person of interest” in the case, may still be somewhere inside the more than 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve near his home in North Port, Florida, more than a week after he told family members he was headed there to hike alone.

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Gabby Petito’s father tells people to learn from his daughter and leave bad relationships

Gabby Petito’s father said people should look to his daughter and be inspired to leave bad relationships.

“If there’s a relationship you’re in that might not be the best thing for you. Leave it, now,” he said during Ms Petito’s memorial service.

He said that his daughter was the most “amazing person” he had ever met.

Graig Graziosi26 September 2021 17:49

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Gabby Petito’s father tells memorial crowd he wants them to be “inspired” by his daughter

During her memorial ceremony, Gabby Petito’s father, Jospeh Peitio, said he wanted attendees to look at her photos and to be inspired. He said he hopes that people will “be inspired by the way she treated people” and that they pursue their dreams “now, while you have the time.”

Her stepfather, James Schmidt, said Ms Petito taught him that “you can always make money, but you can’t make up for lost time.”

Graig Graziosi26 September 2021 17:32

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Great aunt calls Gabby Petito ‘beautiful, beautiful person’

Gabby Petito’s great aunt, who gave her name as Liz, said Ms Petito was a “beautiful, beautiful person” after coming out from the service. “I almost don’t even have words. It’s just so heartbreaking what happened to her and we love her and we know she’s at peace.”

Bevan Hurley26 September 2021 17:09

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Memorial service live stream

The Maloney Funeral Home – where friends and family of Gabby Petito are gathering to mourn the woman’s death – is live streaming the memorial service.

The funeral home will continue the live stream until 1pm. Ms Petito’s memorial service will remain open to the public until 5pm.

The livestream can be seen here.

Graig Graziosi26 September 2021 17:00

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Large flag with heart hangs above funeral home

A large flag with a heart and the words Blue Point hangs above the Molony’s Holbrook Funeral Home, where mourners are gathering to farewell Gabby Petito.

There’s a huge presence of fire trucks, ambulances and officers officers from the Blue Point Fire Department, where Jim Schmidt, Ms Petito’s stepfather, was the fire chief.

(Bevan Hurley/The Independent)

Bevan Hurley26 September 2021 16:47

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Mourners attending the Gabby Petito memorial given prayer cards

Mourners attending Gabby Petito’s funeral are being given prayer cards with Ms Petito’s image on one side.

The opposite side of the cards contain a written poem.

The memorial service, which is being held in Blue Point, New York, is open to the public today from 12pm to 5pm.

Graig Graziosi26 September 2021 16:32

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Lines of people arrive for Gabby Petito’s funeral

Lines of mourners have arrived at the Maloney Funeral Home in Blue Point, New York, to participate in Gabby Petito’s memorial service.

The service is open to the public today from 12pm to 5pm.

Graig Graziosi26 September 2021 16:03

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The Gabby Petito monument in North Port, Florida grows ahead of her memorial services

A collection of bears, flowers and hearts honoruing Gabby Petito is growing on the lawn of North Point City Hall.

In Ms Petito’s hometown of Blue Point, New York, funeral arrangements are being prepared for a memorial service later today.

The service will be opened to the public from 12pm to 5pm.

Graig Graziosi26 September 2021 15:51

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Gabby Petito’s father details the mission of the Gabby Petito Foundation

Gabby Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, detailed the mission of the foundation named after his daughter.

He explained that the foundation would go to assist the families of other missing persons.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has more on the foundation in the story below…

Graig Graziosi26 September 2021 15:04

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Search crews resume hunt for Brian Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve

North Point police search teams will continue to search for Brian Laundrie today in the Carlton Reserve. The natural area is mostly swampland infested with alligators, snakes and insects.

Mr Laundrie disappeared eight days ago. A warrant for his arrest has been issued, though he is not being sought for the murder of Ms Petito.

Graig Graziosi26 September 2021 14:44

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