Gabby Petito funeral service to be held on Long Island


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HOLBROOK, N.Y. (WPIX/AP) — Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito will be honored Sunday during a public service on Long Island. 

The 22-year-old’s father said people can pay their respects between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET at Moloney’s Funeral Home in Holbrook, New York. A one-hour live stream of the memorial will begin around noon ET.

Petito was born and raised on Long Island. Her family lives in Blue Point.

In lieu of flowers, her family has asked for donations that will go toward a foundation they plan to set up in Petito’s name. Donations can be made online here.

Petito was reported missing by her parents on Sept. 11 after she did not respond to calls and texts for several days while she and her fiancé Brian Laundrie, 23, were on a cross-country camping trip out West.

After the missing persons report was filed, police discovered Laundrie had returned to his parents home in North Port, Florida, alone in the van on September 1. He later became a person of interest after he refused to cooperate with investigators.

On September 17, Laundrie’s parents told investigators they had not seen their son since Sept. 14. Police continued to search for him on Sunday, as Petito’s family prepared to lay her to rest.

Petito’s body was found in a remote area of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19. Her death was deemed a homicide. How she was killed was not disclosed by the medical examiner, pending further autopsy results.

Law enforcement officials have since issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie. He allegedly used a debit card and PIN to buy more than $1,000 worth of items between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, according to the indictment.

His family’s attorney noted the warrant is not for Petito’s death.

“While this arrest warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” the FBI said.

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