Gabby Petito funeral set for Sunday on LI; will be open to the public

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Gabby Petito funeral set for Sunday on LI; will be open to the public

Gabby Petito’s body was cremated ahead of her funeral, which is scheduled for Sunday on Long Island.

The service for the 22-year-old Blue Point native will be held at Moloney’s Funeral Home in Holbrook. It will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m., according to a statement from Richard Stafford, a lawyer for the Petito family.

Her father, Joseph Petito, also shared the arrangements on Twitter, adding, “Thanks to all for your support and love,” with a photo of the blonde, blue-eye Gabby with stars across her face.

Petito’s body was set to be cremated in Wyoming before she was brought back to New York, The Sun reported.

The family has asked that instead of flowers, donations be made to “the future Gabby Petito Foundation.” The Johnny Mac Foundation, named for a fellow Blue Point resident and firefighter killed on 9/11 — on whose board Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, sits — is currently accepting donations.

Gabby Petito's funeral will be open to the public.
Gabby Petito’s funeral will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2021.

Nora Garvey, who organized a community candlelight vigil held for Petito Friday night in Blue Point, said she expects to raise $25,000 in her name. Garvey told The Sun she initially expected to raise a lot less.

“Oh, my goal was $2,500. … I think I will [raise] more than 10 times” that, Garvey said. “I just wanted to do something that they can see that would show them how much support they had in the town.”

Petito’s remains were found in a Wyoming campground on Sept. 19, eight days after her family reported her missing after not hearing from her for two weeks. Her death was ruled a homicide on Tuesday.

Gabby Petito's funeral will be held at Moloney's Holbrook Funeral Home.
Gabby Petito’s funeral will be held at Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home.
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Nichole Schmidt, Gabby Petito's mother, along with her husband James Schmidt.
Nichole Schmidt, Gabby Petito’s mother, along with her husband James Schmidt. Petito’s family has asked that instead of flowers, donations be made to “the future Gabby Petito Foundation.”
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Her stepfather, James Schmidt, left a stone cross where she was found at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, before departing the state.

Petito’s disappearance, in the midst of a cross-country camping trip through national parks that she was documenting on Instagram and YouTube, captured the nation’s attention. Her body was discovered at Spread Creek after other travel bloggers who had seen her van and encountered her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, at the campground, alerted the FBI.

Laundrie, 23, was reportedly dropped off near the campground on Aug. 29 by a woman who said she picked him up hitchhiking.

Joe Petito, Gabby Petito's father.
“Thanks to all for your support and love,” Joe Petito, Gabby Petito’s father, tweeted.
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He then drove the van the couple had been traveling in back to his home in North Port, Florida, arriving Sept. 1. He went missing on Sept. 14.

A massive manhunt for Laundrie is ongoing, and an arrest warrant was issued Thursday, alleging he used Petito’s Capital One debit card on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1.

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