A memorial service for Gabby Petito on Long Island near her hometown of Blue Point took place Sunday as more than 1,000 mourners gathered to remember the 22-year-old, whose remains were found in Wyoming one week ago.
Joseph Petito, her father, called his daughter “the most amazing person I’ve ever met.”
“I want you to take a look at these pictures, and I want you to be inspired by Gabby,” Petito said at the service. “If there’s a trip you guys want to take, take it now. Do it now while you have the time. If there is a relationship you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, leave it now.”
Lines of mourners gathered outside the Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home, which put a slideshow of hundreds of pictures online for people to remember her by.
“Gabby loved life and lived her life every single day,” Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt, said on Sunday. “She is an example for all of us to live by. To enjoy every moment in this beautiful world, as she did. To love and give love to all like she did.”