SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Locals are gathering in Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City on Wednesday for a vigil to celebrate the life of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old who has gained national attention after disappearing while on a cross-country road trip with her fiance, Brian Laundrie.
Earlier this summer, Petito and Laundrie embarked on the road trip with stops throughout Utah, including Moab and Salt Lake City. On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to the Florida home he and Petito are said to have been sharing with his parents. Ten days later, Petito was reported missing by her family living in New York. On Sunday, officials found human remains matching the description of Petito in Wyoming.
On Tuesday, the Teton County Coroner confirmed the body is that of Petito and ruled her death as a homicide. The search for Laundrie continues in a Florida nature reserve. Petito’s death and the ongoing investigation have caught the attention of many nationwide, including those living in Utah.
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On Wednesday night, interested members of the community are attending a vigil celebrating the life of Petito. A Facebook event says the vigil will be held from 7-8 p.m. at Sugar House Park near 2100 South and McClelland Street. Candles and lighters will be provided while they last.
If you are planning to stop by the vigil, organizers say they will gather by the grass close to the pavilion. When you enter the park, take a left at the pond and enter the parking lot at the end of the street. For more details, click here.
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