GABBY Petito’s father asked the funeral to be “inspired” by his daughter and said he couldn’t be “prouder” as a service was held on Long Island.
A funeral was held in Holbrook, New York on Sunday after the remains of Petito, 22, were found in Wyoming a week earlier.
During emotional service, her father Joe Petito thanked everyone for their support in the wake of his daughter’s disappearance.
She was last seen in August as she and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, were driving around the country together in a van.
Laundrie returned home to Florida on September 1 without Petito, and was reported missing on September 11. Laundrie has since disappeared.
Joe Petito also asked those in mourning at his daughter’s funeral not to be sad, but rather to be “inspired” by the young woman.
“When you leave here today, take inspiration from what she brought to the table,” he said.
“Because the whole planet knows this woman’s name now, and she has inspired a lot of women and a lot of men to do what’s best for them first.
“Prioritize yourself and do it now while you have time. I couldn’t be prouder as a father.”
Petito’s stepfather Jim Schmidt also spoke at the service and reminded mourners of a tattoo she had on her arm that was inspired by one of her favorite songs, Let It Be des Beatles.
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“It’s OK to cry Gabby, and it’s OK to feel sadness and pain,” he said.
“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. Whatever.”
The funeral comes as authorities continue to search for Laundrie, 23, who went missing last weekend before Petito’s remains were found.
His death has since been classified as a homicide.
THE LAUNDRY SEARCH CONTINUES
Laundrie’s family said he was also missing on September 14 and authorities were looking for him at a Florida nature reserve.
Police believe he swiped Petito’s Capital One debit card and accumulated a balance of $ 1,000 from August 31 through September 1, when he returned to Florida.
Laundrie’s parents reported their son missing on September 17 and said they last saw him three days earlier.
They said he left their house to hike, taking his backpack with him.
Search and rescue efforts began last weekend after teams from the FBI, cops and K9s were deployed to try to locate him.
Dog the Bounty Hunter has since joined the search and said he receives phone calls on his anonymous whistleblower line every two or three minutes.
Much of the information he received points to the Appalachian Trail, he said.
“If there’s one place that feels the hottest, it could be the area,” Dog said.
“I think he’s pretty young, not an experienced criminal, but what’s his greatest experience? Outdoorsman – that’s what he does best.
“I don’t think he could shoplift, live on the run, live in cheap hotels. Out of one in ten he’s probably a six, compared to the outdoorsmen and some of the guys I saw. ‘ve captured. “
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