After officials confirmed their daughter’s death as the result of homicide, Gabby Petito’s parents said they would make an official statement when she returned home. The family held Gabby’s memorial on Sunday, September 26th with the funeral held the following day.
They opened the visitation up to the public and people from all over the country attended the service. Both Gabby’s biological father and step-father spoke about the life of the daughter they shared. They offered incredibly powerful advice like “If there is a trip you want to take – do it now while you have the time” and “If there is a relationship that might not be the best for you – leave it now.”
Their press conference took place early Tuesday from New York. This is what they said.
Gabby Petito’s Parents Speak Out
Gabby Petito’s family attorney, Richard Stafford, opened the New York press conference. He said ultimately the family wants to “make some good from this awful tragedy.” Both her parents spoke, joined by her blended family and close family friends. First, her father thanked law enforcement for locating their daughter’s body. Then, he was joined by Terra who went on to thank the media for their coverage. They thanked all aspects of the media, including the people behind the cameras. They said their hard work has not gone unnoticed.
When asked about the Laundrie family’s silence, Gabby’s father rolled his eyes. The attorney then made the following statement: “The Laundries did not help us find Gabby. They are sure not going to help us find Brian.” The next statement was directed at Brian: “We are asking you to turn yourself in.”
When asked about Dog the Bounty Hunter joining the search for Brian, the family directed focus to the FBI. The family says they trust the FBI as the premier authority presiding over the case and hope to get justice from their findings. Stafford specifically said the following on the matter: “The Petito parents are 100% with the FBI. They’ve been with us every step of the way. We know they will bring justice for the family.”
At the end of the day, the Petitos ask for “positive stuff” to come out from this. They ask that Gabby Petito’s name “not be taken in vain.”
You can access the stream here.
After announcing a foundation made in their daughter’s name, the Petitos said they are still working on the details of the Gabby Petito Foundation. They are not sure whether the foundation will focus on missing children or adults at this time. They acknowledge that thousands of other people go missing in America on a daily basis. They say those people deserve just as much coverage as their Gabby.