Gabby Petito’s father joined NewsNation’s Ashleigh Banfield to discuss the investigation into the woman’s death on Oct. 7. While Joe Petito and other family members try to adjust to the new norm, parents of other children killed in homicide also joined “Banfield” to offer their advice.
The 22 year-old went missing during a cross-country road trip in a camper van with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. Her parents reported her missing after she did not return calls or text messages on Sept. 11. Days later, her body was discovered near Grand Teton National Park, where she uploaded her last Instagram posts from.
Joe knows the basics of coping with his daughter’s death include plenty of sleep, a healthy diet, and making time for himself. However, he wonders if there is anything else he should do.
Her mother, father, stepfather, and stepmother all have similar tattoos with the motto “Let It Be” in memory of Gabby.
Joe is grateful mainstream media and social media brought so much attention to his daughter’s disappearance. He hopes all missing people will receive the same level of attention in future.
“I want to ask everyone to help all the people that are missing and need help [and] it is on all of you, everyone that is in this room to do that,” he said according to NewsNation. “If you do not do that for other people that are missing that is a shame, because it is not just Gabby that deserves it.”
Beth Holloway’s 18 year-old daughter, Natalee, disappeared in 2005 while celebrating her high school graduation in Aruba. The incident received a lot of media attention and even inspired multiple movies.
“I think it is okay for us to tell you to lay down your sword every once in a while and just nurture yourself a little, so you can remain strong for Gabby–and seeing this through the end and seeing justice for her,” the mother said according to NewsNation.
Following her daughter’s disappearance, Holloway said her extended family was essential in keeping her focused.
“Other family members will help support and take up that that caring for other individuals so you can really, really focus and stay proactive–and I think it is so important,” Holloway said according to the publication.
Joe thanked his family supporters.
“If someone is having a bad day and you can notice that we are like, ‘You know what, why do not we take a step back and we will reevaluate and make sure things are you know, are okay,” he said. “We are trying to stay focused on things for the foundation.”