March 19, 1999 - August 27, 2021
"She touched the world"
Gabrielle Venora Petito entered the world on March 19, 1999. Tragically, on August 27, 2021, her life was cut short at the young age of 22. She was on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, visiting national parks when he strangled her to death. This devastating event highlights the horrific reality that some individuals can become perpetrators of violence against those they should cherish and safeguard. Instead of safeguarding her, he committed an unforgivable act of violence, robbing her of a bright future full of possibilities. After taking the life of Gabby, the perpetrator proceeded to Florida, utilizing her van and phone to craft a facade that suggested Gabby was still alive. On September 19, 2021, Gabby's remains were discovered at Spread Creek, located near the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Brian was found dead a month later by apparent suicide.
Gabby’s story made national headlines as the world looked for her, praying she was still alive. In response to her death, the Gabby Petito Foundation was born. Her story has inspired people around the world and will continue to help others be free from the dangers of intimate partner violence.
Gabby was a free spirit who loved travel, art and nature. She was just starting her life as a vanlife travel vlogger and was so full of joy as her journey was just beginning. She created the YouTube channel, Nomadic Statik, where she posted about her travels. Her smile could fill a room, she loved movies, music, healthy food, and created amazing works of art. Gabby was a wonderful big sister, the oldest of six, they looked up to her and adored her. The tragic loss of Gabby has shattered our family. Our hearts will forever be broken.