Petito's family speaks up after daughter's death
Gabby Petito's family holds a press conference in New York at 1 p.m. The Petito family has not spoken since the funeral of their daughter was held on Sunday afternoon.
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You're not gonna get me all the shows and give it a what used to be the life started about this guy. So and I we're actually makes common. Uh huh. Yes. See what's wrong and then very serious. Oh no. These guys like come back, heads up, heads up. Okay. Mhm. The camera has to be welcome to the side. Good afternoon From the moment Nicole called to report that Gabby was missing. The worst fears of any parent played out before our eyes. That nightmare became a reality when the grand Teton search and rescue team located their beautiful daughter. During that time they had an outpouring of love and affection and sympathy from not just their family and friends but from the law enforcement community, the press and from people around the world and for that. They thank you. They've been given the time in the 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 this difficult process. Gabby Petitto 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 and they want to make some good from this awful tragedy. That's why they're starting the Gabby Petito Foundation. I'm joined today with joe and Tara Petito with Jim and Nicole Schmidt and close friend. Gary writer. They're going to make some statements and after that we're going to take some questions next. See no, I just wanted to say thank you to everybody that we encountered Western Wyoming all of the law enforcement agencies out there and across the country um for doing an amazing job with locating Gabby especially want to thank the Teton County Search and Rescue team who is a all volunteer agency that come together. They are highly trained and they were part of that mission to find Gabby And they did an unbelievable job. We're so grateful for everybody out there. They were, they were second to none. They were unbelievable and we are forever grateful for that. And everybody back home who helped us as well. It was, it was amazing that we were able to get hurt. We're just happy to have him you doing. Um I'll actually like to thank all you guys. All right. Ladies and gentlemen of the media press, especially the people that are behind the camera. All right. They don't get enough credit for what it is that they do. And so I do appreciate all them. Social media has been amazing. Um So I just like to thank everyone for that. I do. It is greatly appreciated. That was very helpful in bringing our daughter home. So thank you very much. I don't think we can thank everybody enough. Um I really want to thank the aware foundation and we helped the missing for putting her poster out there reached over two million people Within 48 hours all over the world. And I especially want to thank detective Tracy. Barry of the 5th Precinct here in Patchogue because without her, we don't know when this would have even happened. She got the ball rolling. She she's my angel. And I thank her the most. Thank you at this time. We'll be taking questions. Captain jones. NBC News. The hashtag Justice for Gabby has been trying to. You mentioned how much social media has been helpful in locating her and in this investigation. What does Justice for Gabby look like from here? Don't answer that. Yeah, Justice for Gabby, is that we see justice for her homicide. The FBI has classified her death a homicide. They are the premier agency in the country. They're investigating her death. And we believe through their investigation, we will have justice for getting rick. Yes. We haven't heard from the laundry family. We haven't been able to hear much from the FBI. They can't share a lot with us about brian's whereabouts. Is there anything that you can tell us about the efforts to find him, what the family thinks about where he might be? And the laundry family silence again. Um For the laundry silence the laundry's did not help us find Gabby there sure is not going to help us find brian for brian, we're asking you to turn yourself in to the FBI or the nearest law enforcement agency from yesterday. People laundry family released a statement saying that Mr mrs laundry are not helping brian get away and hide, do you believe? Do we? All right. That's for the FBI to investigate. I believe that they're the preeminent law enforcement organization in this country and I know they're investigating all avenues of this case. Can you travel from you touched on trusting the FBI here? Does it bother the family at all? That brian laundry still not named as a suspect in the disappearance. The parents are 100% happy with the FBI. They've been with us at every single step of the way and we know that they will bring justice for Gabby from CNN can you or the family talk at all about? Describe what kind of contact you had with the laundry family since early september and what your previous relationship was like with that family. While Gabby and Ryan. Mom, you would be, we're not gonna talk about the relationship between the Petito Schmidt and the laundry family. Uh the Petito and Schmidt family have spoken with the FBI and requested that we don't discuss any relationship between Gabby between Brian or between the three families. You don't want the polite to go dim. So what will the Foundation due to keep that the light shining? It's okay course of that. Yeah, all units. We're just hoping that through our tragedy with losing Gabby that in the future that some good can come out of it, that we can help other people that may be in a similar situation, reach out to these other organizations that do similar things and find out what's missing, you know, what can we do to fill that void? What can we do to help people? Um, Just from the aware of aware foundation alone and reaching two million people, they told us that other law enforcement agencies are now starting to look back at other missing persons cases and starting to re investigate them and look into them. And we're just hopeful that it's, we're able to help people in the future. You know, just try to get through something similar in the vein of not letting the lights grow dim. I noticed mom and dad have some new tattoos that resemble that of Gabby. Would you be willing to tell us about that? Yeah, these were tattoos that Gabby designed herself. She was an artist and I wanted to have her with me all the time. So we all feel it. This help. We'll put them. We all yeah. Oh everybody. It's all right. We do believe just to give you all of you. Yeah, sure. And you said designers Gabby drew this one. Here's here's the end. All right. We need we need positive stuff to come from the tragedy that happened. All right. We can't let her name be taken in vain. We need we need positive stuff. All right. So anything that we can do to bring that up and help people, that's what we wanted, joe. Do you think bryan stow away? I'm not going to talk about just about the community coming together. We leave it at the memorial muslim people coming from all over Long Island from Montana to the West End because they all say they felt such a connection to Gabby. Like somebody said your, she reminds him of her son and things like that. What does that mean to you? That she's just drawing emotions from so many people over the country. I mean, I'm sure your blue point community candles being lit. You just step up and possibly respond to that out for me. What it's meant to you. I don't know how to respond to that. I just hope that people are inspired by her. I think it's hard to put into words but it means a lot to me that she's touched so many lives already and there's only two weeks into it and I'm so proud of her. We're doing this and we're going to keep it going. Like you said keep the light going and help a lot of people if we can and will the foundation just before missing Children or missing adults as well. I think you Children were still working out. You know this is again, this has only been a few days. So we're still working that out. We want to help in any way we can. I just want to add to the last question that we've received letters, emails um cards from all over the world from Australia from europe. We had people from Italy we had people at the funeral that came from as far away as texas as florida, as California. So people from all over the country have called and sent their uh well wishes, can you confirm that the fraudulent activity? The brian has been charged with that? It was easy. Yeah, that's something you're gonna have to talk to. The FBI about that. I know that they have unsealed an indictment. So I believe they would be the best agency to deal with. Just a question for joe you mentioned social media, Can you tell me, do you feel obviously that the outpouring of people all across the world with tips coming in? That social media helped find Gabby and how do you feel knowing that she was someone who wanted? You know, she was in social media video, She made everything else. I don't want to dismiss the ridiculously hard work that the FBI and law enforcement all around did. But social media has been amazing and very influential and to be honest, it should continue for other people too. This is the same type of uh huh, heightened awareness should be continued for everyone, everyone. And that goes for you all to joe Your words at the memorial service were very touching to many people and I'm wondering if you've heard from people who heard your words about being inspired by Gabby's life and also leaving that relationships. Yeah. You know what, why don't you do that again? We've received messages from individuals on many issues since we started the foundation and those, there are some that were really personal and at this point we're not going to get into that has a family spoken with empathy. The woman who took the video of the dance. We've spoken with numerous people that gave gave tips to the FBI into us. So they have spoken with, I believe they have, what do you make of people like dog, the bounty hunter and john Washington Walsh getting involved in brian laundry. Again, we just like we asked for help to look from everyone that if they see brian laundry or any information on that. We're asking that they call the law enforce the local law enforcement or the FBI. We welcome everybody's help to find him. And and if you have any information, we're asking that you call the FBI tip line or your local police department. So we'll take help from everybody. What's the plan for remains? Has FBI Denver contacted you about timing when I Hi, it doesn't really talk about you wanna talk about it? I didn't do you wanna do it? We'll talk about it. So. Mhm. Part of, part of our goal was we wanted to bring her home as home as quickly as possible. But it's important for the FBI Teton County Sheriff's, the Teton County coroner's office to hold on to her. Uhh for as long as they need, we want to make sure that no matter what, we do not impede their investigation in any way. We wanted our home immediately, but we understand their position and we know that she's safe with them and as long as she's with him. And it was a very tough decision to have to make to come home. But we felt it was important to come home so we could warn her and celebrate her life and be with our family and friends and when they're ready to release her, we will be bringing her home. Have you gotten any of her things back from florida? Not yet. All right. Jim and joe you guys made a plea to the world on the country of the world to help lead you to gather, find out. Do you have a similar plea for the world to help you find one? I want to help. I want to ask everyone to help all of the people that are missing and need help. And like I said before, it's on all of you, everyone that's in this room to do that. And if you don't do that for other people that are missing, that's a shame. Of course, it's not just Gabby that deserves that. So look to yourselves and why not? That's not being that's not being done and with and with brian that's our focus is still on morning Gabby and honoring Gabby the FBI is doing everything they can and we have our full faith in them. Can you say anything about what your understanding is, what was going on between September one and September 11. This is something that you haven't told. No, no, we're not going to comment on that. That's probably investigation at this point. I'm sure sean for parents again with your tattoos just all together. Maybe from Sorry, sorry, that's all right in front of the mix. There's a lot of wires. I know you guys smoke, joe. When did you have these fun? We all haven't done last. Oh, we all did it together. Like you said. We've always co parented gather together and that's not gonna stop now, we're gonna do, we're in this together and just wait. Mom has let it be as well the way she had a right way. So we'll catch all right. There's one on your arm and you always find Gabby had that vine. You got that, got that last night. Yeah. Oh yeah, I saw the bandage on. Yeah, I took one off. Sorry, very sorry, thank you. You guys have been great and I appreciate every one of you and all the people like I said that are behind the cameras that don't get the credit. You guys were instrumental, but everyone deserves the same type of awareness and the same type of okay, thank you all, thank you. We're good. Good. What's next? And I just have one question, what's next? Um We don't stop. Yeah, we don't stop, you know, remember and Gabby and keeping her name out there and fighting for for other people out there like her, she's always with us every day. She's giving us signs. Uh it's difficult. You know, we've been talking, we don't like where do you go from here? How do you go back to normal? Whatever? Normal maybe from here on out, but we have each other, we're a big family, we have a huge support network and we're just gonna keep pushing forward and living every day and loving every day because that's what Gabby did and that's what that's what we need to do. A lot of people would be very angry right now. Yeah. You talk about or do you at some level have anger or is it just not happening yet? We go through our bats. It's an emotional roller coaster. It's there's ups and downs um days that were full of pain and grief. Um Sometimes angry but its stop. You take a breath remember Gabby and all the great times we had with her, all the good memories and all the good things we want to do in her name in the future and that's what that's what picks you up. That's what carries you through and hopefully we'll keep us going from here on out and democratic signs. I've been giving you step up. Think wait, we actually got behind a car yesterday and there was a Wyoming sticker and the letters were G B Z Gabs Gabs Yes, she's with us, she's with us, she's with us. All right. She's with I think the signs, the signs are there. You just have to look for him. Thank you all so much. Appreciate everyone. Thank you on. Thank you so Mhm. Uh huh mm mhm. Um I couldn't get those tattoo pictures. All right girl, if I need you to get in or you are You know they're all right. Thank you gentlemen. Oh