Gabby Petito’s father gives emotional update on how her family is coping with opening a shelter dedicated to murder vloggers

GABBY Petito’s father has given an emotional update on how his family is coping during the opening of a shelter dedicated to the slain vlogger.

Joseph Petito opened a SafeSpace shelter in Vero Beach, Florida, just five months after the remains of his 22-year-old daughter were discovered in Wyoming.

Joseph Petito opened a SafeSpace shelter in Vero Beach, Florida


Joseph Petito opened a SafeSpace shelter in Vero Beach, FloridaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Gabby's cause of death was revealed to be strangulation


Gabby’s cause of death was revealed to be strangulation

Gabby’s body has been found on September 19 in Grand Teton National Park, and her cause of death was subsequently revealed to be strangled.

“It’s not what I need. It’s what people need,” the heartbroken father said outside the new SafeSpace shelter on Wednesday.

SafeSpace is a non-profit organization – separate from the Gabby Petito Foundation – that provides safety and support to domestic violence victims and their children.

Joe emphasized that shelter is what “everyone needs” because “the statistics speak for themselves.”

He explained to WPBF News: “1 in 3 women, 1 in 5 men, 10 to 20 million children a year. When you do the math, you’re talking to 100 million people. There are only 350 million Americans in the United States.

“So you’re talking just under a third of the country. …We want people to get the same attention Gabby got.”

He continued: “I think Gabby will live through everyone. …Her story has come a long way.

“I think she will live on through so many of us as more and more are found.

“More and more people are speaking out about the violence that’s happening to them and to their children. …And that’s a great thing, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

Joe revealed his family is doing well as a collective unit and praised “events like today” for motivating them to feel good “even for something so tragic.”

He hopes more people will come together for others in need, like the whole country did for Gabby.

Last month, Joe donated $15,000 to SafeSpace with help from the Gabby Petito Foundation.

When the SafeSpace shelter was under construction, Petito said WPTV: “This is amazing. It’s truly brilliant. I can’t believe the work has been done since the last time I was here.”

He continued: “It is a traumatic event that happens to these individuals. And to have that many people, you don’t really want to be like that all the time.

“So to have your own space that you can come in and really, just, cry, process, go through the emotional spectrum that happens. The causes are many.

“At the end of the day, it’s a refuge to do good and help people move forward. And that’s the goal.”

The shelter will provide shelter, food, clothing, financial guidance, therapeutic services and job placement for victims.


In the case of Gabby makes international headlines earlier this year after she disappeared in August 2021 on a cross-country trip with Brian Laundrie.

The 22-year-old was reported missing September 11 after Laundrie returned to his parents’ North Harbor, Florida home alone.

After Gabby’s body was found in Grand Teton National Park, Laundrie was considered a person of interest, and The FBI has issued an arrest warrant Allegedly the 23-year-old stole the Capital One debit card of an unidentified individual and spent the entire $1,000 balance.

As the search for Gabby’s body continues, Laundrie goes missing after telling his parents he will be camping at the Carlton Reserve.

On October 21st, FBI announced that remains were found at the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve. and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park belonging to Laundrie.

The crowned person determined Laundrie died from a gunshot wound to the headruled his death a suicide.

Since their son’s suicide verdict, Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Robertawas pictured walking in the woods where his remains were found.

Exclusive image obtained by The Sun for Chris and Roberta to return to the woods of the Myakkatchee Creek Reservation on November 30, more than a month after they found a white bag filled with runaway boy’s stuff.

The shelter will provide shelter, food, clothing, financial guidance, therapeutic services and job placement for victims.


The shelter will provide shelter, food, clothing, financial guidance, therapeutic services and job placement for victims.Credit: WPTV
Joe stresses that shelter is what'people need' because'the statistics speak for themselves'


Joe stresses that shelter is what ‘people need’ because ‘the statistics speak for themselves’Credit: WPTV

Gabby Petito’s Timeline


Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here’s a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:

  • June 2021Gabby Petito and fiance Brian Laundrie embark on a cross-country trip across the United States.
  • 4th of julyGabby posted a picture of her barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
  • July 8 – Gabby posted a photo of herself at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
  • July 18 – Gabby and Brian posted photos of themselves in Utah’s Zion National Park.
  • August 12Body footage has been released in September showing Brian and Gabby’s encounters with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
  • August 19Gabby and Brian posted a video on their YouTube channel documenting their trip.
  • August 24 – Gabby was spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • August 25th Gabby Facetimes for her mother, Nichole Schmidt, one last time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed “more and more stressful“between her and Brian.
  • August 25 – Gabby also posted her last Instagram. No position has been given.
  • August 27, year Gabby is saw what was supposed to be the last time. Witnesses said they saw Brian during an explosive argument with staff at a Jackson Hole restaurant, which brought Gabby to tears.
  • August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drove past the couple’s van that had been “abandoned” on a dirt road.
  • September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
  • September 11Gabby’s Parents reported her missing to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.
  • September 14, year Brian’s family released a statement saying he had kept an attorney and would not cooperate with investigators.
  • September 14 – Brian is was supposed to be last seen by his family. He told them he was going to go hiking in the Cartlon Reserve but didn’t come back.
  • September 15 – Florida North Port Police Announcement Brian is a caring person in case. He was not charged with anything.
  • September 16 – Utah police released body camera footage about the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
  • September 17 Brian’s Parents said they had not seen their son for a few days and reported that he was missing.
  • September 18 – Police announcemente they are looking for Brian Carlton Reserve in Florida. Police said they did not find anything.
  • September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming said they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI reports that the body is believed to be Gabby’s but must first complete a full forensic examination for confirmation.
  • September 20 – Police execute warrant to search Laundrie’s house, seize His silver mustang and a hard drive may contain “evidence concerning the demonstration that a felony was committed.”
  • September 21, year Officials announced they would conduct an autopsy on remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether they belonged to Gabby. Police also continued to search for Laundrie, this time on the Venetian side of the Carlton Reserve.
  • September 21 – The FBI reports that the body found in Wyoming has been identified as that of Gabby. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
  • September 21 – The Teton County Coroner’s Office said The official cause of Gabby’s death Still pending but the original mode of death was murder.
  • September 22, year Police continue to search Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but no leads. A professional diving team was called in to assist with the hunt.
  • September 23 – Officials have announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian has been released.
  • September 26 – by Gabby funeral held on Long Island, New York.
  • October 12: Gabby’s autopsy results has been made public. Dr. Brent Blue of Teton County Coroner confirmed Gabby died of strangulation.
  • October 20: Laundrie’s personal belongings found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. A medical examiner was called to the scene.
  • October 21: FBI confirms found remains have been identified as Laundrie’s.
  • November 23: Laundrie’s autopsy revealed he died of a head wound

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