The family of Gabby Petito has launched a charity to help out other parents of missing children.
As the manhunt for Brian Laundrie continues, the heartbroken parents of the 22-year-old van-life girl decided to honor her name by doing something selfless for other people like them.
Just a week after the young traveler’s body was found in Spread Creek, Gabby’s parents decided to start a charity to help other parents who are struggling to find their missing children.
“No one should have to find their child on their own. We are creating this foundation to give resources and guidance on bringing their children home,” Gabby’s father Joseph Petito expressed.
“We are looking to help people in similar situations as Gabby.”
Sharing the announcement on Instagram, the heartbroken father went on to attach a link to the charity’s website.
The news follows shortly after masses of people gathered in Laundrie’s hometown of North Port to hold a vigil for the young woman.
During the Saturday gathering, locals urged Brian, who is now a wanted man, to come forward and tell the investigators everything that he knows.
“I wish just wish he would do the right thing and tell us what happened and face the facts and bring closure to most of all her family and this community that is mourning her loss,” Chrystal Ortiz, a local, told WFLA-TV.
Meanwhile, Arianna Ortiz said: “When something like this happens, it affects everybody. It doesn’t just affect one person or a family, because everybody knows everybody.”
A day after the vigil in Florida, a public memorial service for Petito was held at Moloney’s Funeral Home in Holbrook, Long Island, New York.
The 22-year-old is set to be laid to rest on Monday.
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