Friends, family flock to Long Island to mourn Gabby Petito

 

Last updated 10/1/2021 at 5:09pm

Gabby Petito's stepdad Jim Schmidt, left, exits Moloney's Funeral Home at the end of the funeral home viewing for Petito in Holbrook, New York, Sunday, Sept. 26. Lines of mourners paid their respects Sunday for Petito, the 22-year-old whose death on a cross-country trip has sparked a manhunt for her boyfriend. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Arijeta Lajka

The Associated Press

HOLBROOK, N.Y. (AP) – Lines of mourners paid their respects Sunday, Sept. 26, for Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old whose death on a cross-country trip has sparked a manhunt for her boyfriend.

Among those who congregated in Holbrook, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of New York City, were family members, friends, co-workers and people who were touched by Petito's story even though they didn't know her.

"She was a beautiful soul; she was full of life, always smiling," Desiree Keeffe, a friend of Petito's mother, Nicole, said. "She gave you love. She w...



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