Thanksgiving was an emotional holiday for the family of Gabby Petito. Yesterday was the first holiday that her parents spent without their 22-year-old daughter, and though they focused on what they were grateful for, they also still mourned the loss of their outdoor enthusiast. In honor of Petito, her loved ones took to social media and shared touching messages.
Nichole Schmidt, Gabby Petito’s mother, wrote about what her daughter had taught her before her tragic death.
“Gabby will forever remind me to be grateful for every moment, every breath, and every memory,” Schmidt wrote. “I will cherish what I’ve had, and have in the present, always. Live with love, laughter and gratitude.”
Meanwhile, Gabby’s father, Joe Petito, shared a similar sentiment on Twitter, too.
“Thanksgiving, a day for being thankful, thoughtful, and giving,’ he wrote. ‘Hug your family and friends. Be thankful for the time you get to spend with them all. We miss you #Gabbypetito. You should be with us but now all we have are the pictures.”
Back in September, authorities found Gabby Petito’s remains in Grand Teton National Park. Since then they’ve named Brian Laundrie, Petito’s fiancé the person of interest. On October 20, teams then found Laundrie’s remains in the Carlton Reserve in Florida. A few days ago, they declared his death a suicide. Police are still investigating the items that surrounded Laundrie’s remains in the nature reserve.
Family of Gabby Petito’s Fiancé Mourns His Death in Private
Following the discovery of Brian Laundrie’s remains, the family of Gabby Petito’s fiancé and their lawyer came out with a statement regarding the funeral arrangements for the 23-year-old person of interest. According to the family, they didn’t want to have a formal funeral in fear that the public would find out about the location and crash the ceremony. Instead, they decided to cremate his remains at an undisclosed location and continue “grieving in private.”
Around the same time, the number of protesters that collected outside the Laundrie’s home had begun to diminish. After police identified the remains as Brian’s, they began appearing in smaller groups. Not surprisingly, the Laundrie family lawyer, Steven Bertolino hoped that this trend would continue.
“If they haven’t gone home already, they should go home,” Bertolino told WFLA. “This protesting. This witch hunt. This mob-style crucifixion of Chris and Roberta is just wrong. Enough is enough.”
Meanwhile, thousands of supporters attended Gabby Petito’s public memorial service just weeks prior. Friends, family, and followers came from all over the country to her neighborhood in New York to celebrate the impact that the young adventurist had on the world. Since her disappearance in late August, there have been hundreds of tributes left on the Laundrie’s property as well as in Petito’s community.