Long Island residents burn candles outside homes in vigil for Gabby Petito, funeral details released

Gabby Petito remembered in NY hometown with solemn candlelight vigil

Armed with lighters and freighted with sorrow, on Friday, residents of Blue Point resolved to find light in the dark tragedy. They lit candles for Gabby Petito in a memorial that stretched as far as the eye could see – to show her family they aren’t alone.

Residents of Blue Point, Long Island, lit candles outside of their homes in a tribute to Gabby Petito Friday night, according to reports.  

Petito, whose remains were identified earlier this week, was a native of the area. Her family is holding funeral services this weekend in nearby Holbrook.

“When the community loses one, we all do,” Jennifer Horton, who participated in the vigil, told News 12 in New York. “So just remember the great life she had. Losing her so young and just to really celebrate her life.”

The candles were given out with a suggested $20 donation to Gabby’s family.

Organizers spread the word of “Light the Night For Gabby Petito” in the hopes the event will not only spread across Long Island but also the country.

The candles were being given out along with a request for a $20 donation, with the proceeds going to Gabby’s family.

A funeral will be held Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home, with the service open to the public.

The family has also given its blessing for the media to be there.

Moloney Funeral home will be taking extraordinary measures to preserve the privacy of the family and friends of Gabby Petito at Sunday’s funeral service. The Suffolk County Police Department will have extra resources for traffic and safety.


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