The parents of 22-year-old YouTuber Gabby Petito spoke to reporters Tuesday in Long Island, New York. The nearly 20-minute press conference was the first time Petito's parents addressed the media since Gabby's death was confirmed.

“Gabby Petito was a beautiful woman, her infectious smile and love of life made people gravitate to her. Gabby Petito loved life, loved people, and loved experiences. She was the bright light in everyone’s life that knew her. Gabby's family does not want that light to dim,” attorney Richard Stafford said.

The family members included father Joseph Petito, mother Nicole Schmidt, stepfather Jim Schmidt and stepmother Tara Petito.

The “Gabby Petito Foundation” was officially announced, with all funds donated towards helping find other missing persons.

“We need positive stuff to come from the tragedy that happened. We can’t let her name be taken in vain,” said her Joseph Petito. “So anything that we can do to bring that up and help people, that’s what we want to do.”

Stafford thanked law enforcement, the press, and others who have been involved in the case.

“They had an outpouring of love and affection and sympathy not from just their family and friends, the law enforcement, the press and from people around the world and for that they thank you. They have been given the time and space to grieve this awful loss, and we ask that you continue to respect their privacy and give them the space and time to go through the difficult process,” Stafford said.

All of the family members showed tattoos made to honor her. They each got the same tattoo that Gabby had on her arm and which she designed. The tattoos include a triangle with three roses inside, the word "believe," the phrase "let it be," and a small symbol of a wave.

“She’s always with us every day, she’s giving us signs. It’s difficult, we’ve been talking, like where do you go from here, how do you go back to normal, whatever normal may be from here on out,” Gabby's stepfather said.

“But we have each other, we’re a big family, we have a huge support network. And we’re just going to keep pushing forward and living every day and loving every day because that’s what Gabby did and that’s what we need to do.”

Stafford and the family declined to speak about 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, who is considered a person of interest, and said they don't expect much help from his family.

Stafford said that “justice for Gabby is that we see justice for her homicide."

“The Laundries did not help us find Gabby. They are sure not going to help us find Brian. For Brian — we are asking you to turn yourself in,” Stafford said.


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