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'Let It Be:’ Gabby Petito's Relatives Get Matching Tattoos Designed By Slain Travel Blogger
Gabby Petito's biological parents Joe Petito and Nicole Schmidt as well as her stepparents Tara Petito and Jim Schmidt have all gotten inked to remember her.
The family of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito has gotten matching tattoos, designed, by the slain travel blogger, to honor her legacy.
During a Tuesday press conference, Gabby's parents and stepparents revealed that they all got inked with tattoos that read "Let It Be” and “Believe.”
"These were tattoos that Gabby designed herself," her father, Joseph Petito said. “She was an artist.”
He, along with the 22-year-old’s mother Nicole Schmidt, stepfather Jim Schmidt, and stepmother Tara Petito all got tattoos to honor her.
"I wanted to have her with me all the time," Nicole exclaimed.
Gabby had a “Let it Be” tattoo on her arm, which referenced her favorite Beatles song.
Jim quoted the song during her memorial on Sunday.
"When the broken-hearted people living in the world agree there will be an answer, let it be,” he said, citing the verse.
He went on to tell mourners, "It's okay to mourn for Gabby, and it's okay to feel sorrow and pain. But we want to celebrate her and how she lived her life. We need to hold on to all of those wonderful memories we shared with her because that will be the answer. Let it be."
During Tuesday’s news conference, the family also announced also their plans to create a foundation to help other missing persons.
“We don’t stop remembering Gabby and fighting for other people like her,” Jim said.
Gabby has become a household name across the U.S. after a search to find her began in early September. That effort came to a tragic end when her remains were discovered in Wyoming on Sept. 19. An autopsy conducted two days later confirmed she was murdered.
Investigators are currently on the hunt to find Gabby’s 23-year-old boyfriend Brian Laundrie, named a person of interest in her disappearance. A federal arrest warrant was issued for his arrest last week for the unauthorized use of a debit card following Petito’s murder.
Laundrie, who is said to be a skilled outdoorsman, has been unaccounted for since mid-September after his parents say he went for a hike at Sarasota County’s Carlton Reserve. They reported him missing a few days after the hike. He reportedly went on a camping trip with his parents more than 70 miles from their home the week before he vanished.
"The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies and Social Media" will air on Oxygen on Monday, January 24 at 9/8c. It's also available to stream on Peacock now.