Gabby Petito Memorial Service Draws Hundreds as Search for Brian Laundrie Continues

Hundreds gathered on Sunday for a public memorial service for Gabby Petito in Long Island, New York, a week after her body was found in Wyoming, Meanwhile, her fiancé, Brian Laundrie remains missing.

The line outside the funeral home in Holbrook, New York, where the service was held, wrapped around the block, according to Florida news station WFLA.

Her father, Joseph Petito, gave a eulogy during the service.

"Gabby is the most amazing person I've ever met ... I'm asking you guys to be inspired by the way she treated people, all people" Joseph Petito said

"She genuinely loved people ... When you leave here today, be inspired by what she brought to the table ... I couldn't be more proud, as a father."

Petito's stepfather, Jim Schmidt, also spoke.

"Gabby at 22 years old helped teach me you can always make money but you can't make up for lost time," Schmidt said, Newsday reported. "She is an example for all of us to enjoy every moment—love and give love to all like she did."

Petito was born and raised on Long Island, but had recently been living with Laundrie in North Port, Florida.

In June, Petito and Laundrie left on a cross-country trip in a van. Laundrie returned to the couple's home in North Port, 10 days before Petito's family reported her missing on September 11.

While relatives, friends and members of the public mourned Petito in New York on Sunday, law enforcement officials continue to search for Laundrie, who has been missing for more than a week.

Gabby Petito Memorial Service Draws Hundreds
Mourners gather at a funeral home to pay respects to Gabby Petito on September 26, 2021 in Holbrook, New York. Getty Images/Stephanie Keith

On Wednesday, the FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie's arrest following a grand jury indictment alleging that Laundrie "knowingly ... used one or more unauthorized access devices ... with intent to defraud" between August 30 and September 1. The alleged devices include a debit card and the personal identification numbers for two Capital One bank accounts.

Police have been searching for Laundrie in the nearly 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Florida for more than a week. His family said they believe he may have entered the area.

Authorities have used drones, dogs and dive teams as part of their search.

In an email to Newsweek on Sunday afternoon, Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for the North Port Police Department said: "Nothing found as of yet. Smaller scale search in Carlton continues."

A coroner ruled Tuesday that Petito's death was a homicide, two days after her body was found in Wyoming.