Gabby Petito’s grieving father posted a tribute to his slain daughter online Saturday morning, stating, “She is already saving lives.”
“So many stories being sent to us about relationships being left with proper planning for safety, and people are being found due to her influence,” Joseph Petito wrote in the Twitter post Saturday morning. “We have much more work to do, but it’s a start.”
The first response to his post pointed to evidence it was on target.
“Gabby finally gave me courage to seek help to get out of my 12 year abusive relationship,” replied a woman whose handle is @NatillyWelshie. “She is inspiring so many” the post said, ending with a heart-shaped emoji.
The massive news coverage of Petito’s disappearance and death, along with the ongoing hunt for her fugitive boyfriend Brian Laundrie, the only person of interest identified in the case, led to an outcry about the lack of coverage of other missing persons cases, particularly when the victim is not white.
Joseph Petito earlier in the week shared a link to the newly formed Gabby Petito Foundation. “No one should have to find their child on their own.” the devastated dad wrote.
“We are creating this foundation to give resources and guidance on bringing their children home. We are looking to help people in similar situations as Gabby.”