Gabrielle PetitoThe life of was honored at a public memorial service on Sunday, September 26.
Family, close friends and hundreds of mourners gathered in Holbrook, New York, to pay their respects to the 22-year-old YouTuber during a funeral that was broadcast live. Several of Gabby’s family and close friends gave touching speeches during the service, including her father, Joseph Petito, who shared remembrance lyrics in honor of his slain daughter.
“Gabby is the most amazing person I have ever met,” he said in his eulogy. “I ask you to be inspired by the way she treated people, all people … She really liked people.”
He added: “When you leave here today, be inspired by what she brought to the table,” and also said: “I could not be prouder, as a father.”
Gabby was found dead last weekend in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming after she went missing following a trip across the country with her fiance, Brian Laundry, which the authorities are currently looking for.
“If there’s a trip you want to take, take it now,” Gabby’s father said in his eulogy. “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 his search and paid tribute to him at the site where his body was found, also spoke at the memorial service. He spoke of a tattoo she had on her arm that read “Let It Be”, the title of the famous Beatles song.
“It’s good to cry Gabby, and it’s good to feel sadness and pain,” he said, according to People. “But we want to celebrate her and the way she lived her life. We have to keep all of these wonderful memories that we shared with her because that will be the answer. Let it be.”
In lieu of flowers, Petito’s family is asking for donations from the foundation they plan to start on his behalf.