According to the mission statement on its website, The Gabby Petito Foundation volere “address the needs of organizations that support locating missing persons and to provide aid to organizations that assist victims of domestic violence situations, through education, consapevolezza, and prevention strategies.”
Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, and father and stepmother, Joe and Tara Petito, spoke with WFLA in Tampa about the foundation and how they’ve been coping after Gabby’s death.
“We’re still grieving and it’s going to be a process for a long time,” Schmidt said. “I think starting the foundation is a way of us grieving and getting through this. Some mornings I wake up, I want to save the world and I know I can’t do that but I’ll die trying. And that’s Gabby’s legacy.”
Lei ha aggiunto, “Per me, it means preventing this from happening to someone else. That’s what we’re trying to do here.”
piccolo, 22, vanished in August while on a cross-country trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23. La coppia aveva trascorso l'estate viaggiando per il paese in un furgone bianco insieme, documentando le loro avventure su YouTube along the way — but on Sept. 1, Laundrie quietly returned to his parents’ Florida home without Petito.
A settembre. 11, Petito’s woman’s family reported her missing, and on Sept. 19, Il corpo di Petito era scoperto nel Parco Nazionale del Grand Teton in Wyoming. She had been strangled to death.
lavanderia, who was considered a person of interest in Petito’s death but was never charged in connection to it, was found dead in October in a Florida park near his parents’ casa. His cause of manner of death have not been released.
At the time his body was found, Laundrie faced charges of using an unauthorized debit card with intent to fraud in relation to activities that occurred after Petito’s death.
Amid the continuing attention on the case, video footage surfaced showing a police encounter between the couple that belied the happy image they had presented on social media.
In the footage, Petito says that Laundrie had grabbed her face and hit her. One eyewitness who called 911 to report the incident told the dispatcher Laundrie had been slapping Petito. Another eyewitness, who provided a written statement, said it appeared Laundrie was possibly trying to lock Petito out of the van and take her phone.
Nonostante questo, police classified the incident as “condotta disordinata” rather than domestic violence, and determined Petito — who cried and appeared highly distressed throughout the footage — was the aggressor. Police advised the couple to spend the night apart, with Petito keeping the van in which they were traveling and Laundrie — who appeared calm in the video — being sent to a hotel.
Secondo il centro per la prevenzione e il controllo delle malattie, one in four women have experienced intimate partner violence. In an interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz on il Dr. Spettacolo di Oz, Schmidt said Petito’s story has helped people leave abusive relationships.
“I have had some … people that I know message me and say, ‘My sister she got out of a relationship. Thank you to Gabby. She saved her life.’ Things like that. You hear that and you think that’s a blessing,” Schmidt said.
WFLA reports Petito’s family is calling for a nationwide alert system for people ages 18 a 64. Attualmente, Amber Alerts address missing children while Silver Alerts address at-risk seniors.
“What about these people that are in between?” Schmidt told WFLA. “If a family member knows they’re missing, there’s got to be some kind of alert system so people start looking immediately.”
nel frattempo, Petito’s family is still grieving. Her stepmother, Tara Petito, told WFLA, “I cry every night. I stare at her pictures. So it’s been very difficult.”
Her father, Joe Petito, said they are channeling their grief into doing positive things: “Doing that, staying focused, researching — that’s what we’re doing in terms of trying to cope. Trying to make a difference,” Egli ha detto.
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