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Gabby Petito homicide update – Funeral held in Blue Point as $20,000 bounty offered to catch Brian Laundrie

MOURNERS have gathered at Moloney’s Funeral Home in Holbrook, Long Island for the funeral of Gabby Petito.

Members of the public were allowed to attend the solemn occasion today, September 26.

Petito, 22, had been missing for two weeks after going on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie.

Laundrie is now being hunted by the FBI after an arrest warrant was issued for the 23-year-old.

Gabby's family asked for donations ahead of her funeral to the future Gabby Petito Foundation.

Attorney Richard Stafford says they can be made electronically at: https://Johnnymacfoundation.org.

Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the latest news and updates...

  • GABBY'S 'MORBID' POST DRAWS INTEREST

    Gabby, 22, posted to her Instagram account in January, telling her following she had been listening to the "morbid podcast all morning."

    She then shared a knife emoji and said she was "obsessed" with the show as well as a picture with her now missing fiance Brian Laundrie.

    Now armchair detectives are speculating that the post was a message to her followers.

  • PLANNED CREMATION

    The Sun reached out to Moloney Funeral Home in New York and a spokesperson revealed: "There's a memorial visitation [on Sunday], it's a visitation for someone who has been cremated."

    Asked if Gabby has already been cremated, they added: "I'm assuming so."

    The Sun understands the family planned for the cremation to take place in Wyoming before the service in New York.

  • PETITO’S FAMILY FRIEND REVEALS SIGNIFICANCE OF BLUE RIBBON

    A friend of Gabby Petito's family has revealed why she chose the color blue for the ribbons meant to honor the vlogger at her hometown vigil.

    Jennifer McNamara, 54, chose the color of the ribbons based on the color of Gabby's eyes, she exclusively told The Sun from the 22-year-old's hometown of Blue Point, New York.

    She said: “Her eyes, she had these incredibly blue sparkly eyes, her mother described them as like a teal color.

    “When we bought the ribbons, we had to buy turquoise because the teal was a little more green than blue. So it took us quite a bit of poking around to find the right color, but that’s what it’s meant to represent.”

    McNamara's husband was a 9/11 first-responder who died of cancer and worked at the same fire station as Gabby's stepfather Jimmy Schmidt.

    Read The Sun’s exclusive here.

  • VIGILS FOR GABBY

    A vigil for Gabby was held in Florida on Friday, September 24, and another in Long Island on Friday as well.

    A vigil was held in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

    Her stepdad, James Schmidt, left a cross made of stones and a bouquet of flowers while visiting the Wyoming campground where her body was found over the weekend.

    In lieu of flowers, Gabby's family is asking for donations to the future Gabby Petito Foundation.

  • GABBY PETITO MEMORIAL SERVICE STARTS

    The memorial service in Long Island for Gabby Petito has got underway Sunday afternoon.

    The public service is being held at Moloney’s Funeral Home in Holbrook.

    Long lines of people could be seen before the service got underway at 11am EST.

  • 'HIGH HIGHS AND LOW LOWS'

    Despite falling in and out of love, friends didn’t see anything “concerning” between the young pair.

    Alyssa Chen told People magazine: “They had very high highs and very low lows. But she always said he was a good boyfriend.”

    Also, speaking to People Ben Matula said: "One minute, they'd be all over each other, the next minute he'd be like 'We're fighting. They always had some drama."

  • LAST PHOTO BECOMES MEMORIAL

    Gabby Petito's last Instagram photo that was "posted by her fiancé after her death" has become a memorial for hundreds of mourners.

    A memorial site has been set up outside The Monarch, a restaurant and retail space in Ogden, Utah, where the snap was taken, as visitors paid tribute to the late YouTuber.

    The vlogger's final snap shows her smiling  in front of the distinctive butterfly mural and is captioned  "Happy Halloween."

    The 22-year-old YouTuber's photo was shared on August 26, two days after she was at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, her last known location.

  • GABBY'S VIGIL

    Mourners gathered in Blue Point, Long Island, Friday afternoon as a vigil was held for Gabby ahead of her Sunday memorial service.

    "Brian, if you're still around and out there, please, please, I'm begging you to give yourself up and your family," Amityville resident Anne Kroll, 71, exclusively told The Sun from at the Friday observance in Gabby's hometown.

    "Please, please, give yourself up or anybody has any information, please help us find him."

  • 'MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL'

    A makeshift memorial of white stones arranged in the shape of a cross has since been spotted at the campsite where Gabby's remains are believed to have been found.

    The makeshift memorial was situated just east of where Gabby's body was located at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campsite.

    It is not clear when the cross, seemingly dedicated to the 22-year-old travel vlogger, according to a Fox13 reporter, was created.

  • 'FREE SPIRIT'

    Speaking exclusively to The Sun from Blue Point, New York, Jennifer McNamara shared what Gabby was like.

    "She was a free spirit. Very much a free spirit. She was adventurous, she did things to the beat of her own drum," said McNamara, 54, whose 14-year-old son Jack was babysat by Gabby.

    "You know, she didn't want to be like everyone else. She was incredibly artistic. She was fun. She was really really fun."

  • BLUE RIBBONS

    Jennifer McNamara, 54, chose the color of the ribbons based on the color of Gabby's eyes, she exclusively told The Sun from the 22-year-old's hometown of Blue Point, New York.

    he said: “Her eyes, she had these incredibly blue sparkly eyes, her mother described them as like a teal color.

    “When we bought the ribbons, we had to buy turquoise because the teal was a little more green than blue. So it took us quite a bit of poking around to find the right color, but that’s what it’s meant to represent.”

  • WHAT WAS GABBY'S CAUSE OF DEATH?

    Authorities have not yet released the cause of death for the 22-year-old vlogger, but have said it was a homicide.

  • WHAT HAPPENED TO GABBY'S REMAINS?

    Gabby's remains are set to be cremated as her family prepares for a memorial to say a final farewell to the 22-year-old vlogger.

    The Sun understands the family planned for the cremation to take place in Wyoming before the service in New York.

  • WHERE WAS GABBY'S BODY FOUND?

    The remains were discovered in Grant Teton National Park, where she had been camping with her fiancé when she disappeared.

    "I want to personally thank the press and news media for giving the Petito and Schmidt family time to grieve," lawyer Richard Stafford said in a statement.

    "We will be making a statement when Gabby is home. I will contact you to arrange a time and location."

  • $25,000 IN DONATIONS

    The organizer of a vigil for Gabby Petito expects to make $25,000 in donations to support of the YouTuber's grieving family – "ten times" the original goal.

    Speaking exclusively to The Sun from Gabby's hometown of Blue Point, New York, Nora Garvey said they originally planned to raise a few thousand dollars but the response from the community has been overwhelming.

    "Oh, my goal was $2,500. And I think I will have done. I think I will be more than 10 times," shared Garvey at the solemn Light the Night For Gabby Petito event.

    "I just wanted to do something that they can see that would show them how much support they had in the town like something visual, rather than just the luminary just kind of came to my head," she added.

  • WHAT DID GABBY'S FATHER SAY?

    Petito’s father Joseph posted a touching tribute to his daughter on Instagram amid authority’s news.

    Joseph shared a photo of Gabby standing before a wall with painted wings, writing: “#gabbypetito she touched the world.”

    The rest of Petito's family has yet to address the media regarding her death.

  • POIGNANT MEMORIAL HELD FOR GABBY PETITO IN FLORIDA

    Neighbors in the town of North Port, Florida organized a butterfly release and candlelight memorial on Saturday evening for Gabby Petito.

    Jason and Dena Sternquist provided live butterflies to the crowd to release in memory of Gabby.

    Music played and people dropped off flowers and other items at the memorial site.

    As the sun set, the crowd held up candles, some cried and hugged while others held up a photo of Gabby.

  • ‘LIVING IN HELL’

    Mark Burrow, a local survival expert, believes Laundrie is “living in hell” if he’s in the Florida wilderness, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

    He warned that starting a fire would be “impossible” due to the heavy rains that have hit the nature reserve in recent days.

    And, drinking water is likely to be full of tannins after the downpours. They are commonly found in the roots and bark of trees but high concentrations can be harmful to humans.

  • GABBY AND BRIAN SEEN ARGUING AT RESTAURANT

    Nina Celie Angelo, of New Orleans, said she had been visiting the state with her boyfriend on August 27 when they stopped for lunch at Merry Piglets, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson Hole between 1 and 2pm.

    Speaking to Fox News, Angelo claims she watched on in shock as an agitated Laundrie began arguing with a waitress. Petito was with him at the time, she said.

    While she said she couldn't hear what words were being exchanged between Laundrie and the woman, she believed the spat was either over the bill or about money.

    Angelo described Laundrie's body language as "aggressive" and said that he left and returned to the restaurant around four times, continuing the conflict.

  • LAST SIGHTINGS OF GABBY

    On August 24, she was seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah as she and Laundrie made their way to Wyoming.

    The following day, Gabby Facetimed with her mother for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed "more and more tension" between her and Brian as the trip went on.

    She also uploaded what would prove to be her final Instagram post, showing her holding a small pumpkin with the caption: "Happy Halloween."

    Then, according to a new bombshell claim, Gabby and Laundrie were seen for the last time at the Merry Piglets restaurant in Jackson Hole on August 27.

  • ‘WANT JUSTICE’ – DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER

    New drone footage reveals the huge Brian Laundrie search as Dog the Bounty Hunter and bloodhounds also try to track him down.

    The TV star said his “heart goes out” to the family of homicide victim Gabby Petito, and he “wants to help bring justice for her death”.

  • CHARGED LAST WEEK

    Petito’s boyfriend Laundrie, 23, was charged last Thursday with fraudulently using her bank debit card.

    Police have sought him for seven days in connection with the 22-year-old travel blogger’s death during their cross-country road trip.

    He remains missing after returning to his home in North Port, Florida on September 1 without his partner.

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