Gabby Petito: Here’s the Touching Meaning Behind Parents’ Matching Tattoos Honoring Her

by Lauren Boisvert

Gabby Petito’s parents have found a unique and touching way to honor her in the days after her body was found; they’ve gotten matching tattoos with their daughter. Gabby had a few tattoos, which her parents now share: “Let it be” in script, a wave outline, a triangle with flowers in the center, and a vine with leaves on their fingers.

When she was first missing, Gabby’s tattoos were used as a means of identifying her and bringing her home. Her tattoos were then used to identify her body found in Grand Teton National Park.

The tattoos had significant meaning not only to Gabby but now to her parents as well. According to the U.S. Sun, “Let it be” represented Gabby’s faith. The wave and flowers represented her love of nature; that love is what ultimately led her to live the “van life” and travel across the country.

Vines usually represent loyalty and staying by someone through good times and bad. For Joe Petito and Nicole Schmidt, the vines likely represent not just a physical reminder; it is likely they represent loyalty and devotion to their daughter and her memory as well.

Gabby Petito’s mother Nicole Schmidt revealed she got the tattoos so that Gabby would be “with me all the time.”

“We’re so proud of her,” said Nicole Schmidt in the family’s press conference. “We’re going to keep the light going and help a lot of people if we can.”

Gabby Petito’s Dad Urges Same Energy For All Missing Person Cases

In the family’s press conference, Joe Petito thanked the reporters and social media for highlighting his daughter’s case and helping spread the word about her disappearance and death. But he also urged people to give the same attention to all missing person cases.

“I want to ask everyone to help all the people that are missing and need help. It’s on all of you, everyone that’s in this room to do that,” he said in the press conference, as reported by ABC News. “And if you don’t do that for other people that are missing, that’s a shame, because it’s not just Gabby that deserves it.”

With the worldwide media attention Gabby Petito’s case garnered, it’s important that we also show up and have the same energy for people of color, indigenous and LGBTQ people who experience violence, are missing, or have gone through domestic violence. There are so many cases similar to Gabby’s that don’t get the same attention. It’s crucial that we give everyone a fighting chance.

Gabby’s parents recently announced that a foundation would be started in Gabby’s honor. Petito and Schmidt stated that they hoped their tragic loss would help to raise awareness of other missing people; funds from the foundation would hopefully help bring those people home.