Gabby Petito Case: Memorial in 22-Year-Old’s Honor to Be Replaced by Permanent Installment

by Keeli Parkey

For weeks, a location near the North Point City Hall in Florida has been the location for a memorial dedicated to Gabby Petito. She is the 22-year-old Long Island, New York, native who was found dead in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, on Sept. 19, 2021.

People have been leaving cards, messages, flowers, signs, artwork, stuffed animals, and other items at the memorial. According to Fox News, these items are scheduled to be removed on Tuesday, Oct. 12. However, the city has plans to replace this makeshift memorial with a permanent one.

The permanent one will be a metal bench. Creating this permanent memorial is a man from Indiana. North Port Mayor Jill Luke shared details with the media on Saturday, Oct. 9.

“The family is grateful that their daughter’s life, their relative’s life has touched so many people. This is for her to be remembered. They’re grateful for people who brought things, for the gentleman who is preparing the bench, for those who are showing the respect and honor for their daughter,” Luke explained.

She also reported that Gabby’s Petito’s family will have input on her permanent memorial.

“A man from Indiana is currently working with Petito’s family on creating the steel bench that will permanently be in place in honor of Petito,” the mayor also said. “The bench will be off in between a couple of trees in the shade. Steel in the sun isn’t that welcoming, and we want people to be able to come and sit and reflect.”

North Point is the Home of Gabby Petito’s Boyfriend, Brian Laundrie; The Search for Him Continues

Gabby Petito’s death, which has been ruled a homicide, has shocked many people across the country. The people of North Point were especially shocked by her death. That city is the home of Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, and his parents – Christopher and Roberta Laundrie.

Laundrie, who is 23 years old, is a person of interest in Petito’s death. Laundrie and Petito were traveling in the American West in a white Ford van when she went missing. She was last seen alive in late August 2021.

Also, it was on Sept. 1 that Laundrie returned to his parent’s home in Florida in the white van. He arrived without Gabby Petito. Ten days later, on Sept. 11, Petito’s family reported her missing. A few days later, either on Sept. 13 or Sept. 14, Laundrie left his parents’ house. A search for him by law enforcement soon began. Officers have searched in the Carlton Reserve in Florida.

Reports of sightings of Laundrie have come from North Carolina. One hiker has said he is “99.99 percent sure” he spoke with Laundrie on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina close to that state’s border with Tennessee. As of the early evening of Saturday, Oct. 9, he had not been found.