THE organizer of a vigil for Gabby Petito expects to make $25,000 in donations to support of the YouTuber's grieving family – "ten times" the original goal, as the search for Brian Laundrie continues.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun from Gabby's hometown of Blue Point, New York, Nora Garvey said they originally planned to raise a few thousand dollars but the response from the community has been overwhelming.
Mourners gathered at Blue Point on Long Island earlier this evening, where a vigil was held for Gabby ahead of her Sunday memorial service.
"Oh, my goal was $2,500. And I think I will have done. I think I will be more than 10 times," shared Garvey at the solemn Light the Night For Gabby Petito event.
"I just wanted to do something that they can see that would show them how much support they had in the town like something visual, rather than just the luminary just kind of came to my head," she added.
Mourners were handed candles with a $20 donation request for the Petito family.
Laundrie and Patito were roughly two months into a four-month adventure when Laundrie returned to his Florida home with their van on September 1.
Gabby's parents reported her missing on September 11, and since an outpouring of support has come for the young vlogger.
An autopsy performed on Tuesday confirmed that the body of Gabby had been found in Wyoming.
Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the very latest news and updates…
Residents across Bayport-Blue Point, Long Island, placed candles at the base of their driveways to remember the Gabby.
The funeral service for Gabby is slated for Sunday, September 26, from 12pm to 5pm, at Moloney's Holbrook Funeral Home in Holbrook, New York.
Gabby's remains are set to be cremated as her family prepares for a memorial to say a final farewell to the 22-year-old vlogger.
The Sun understands the family planned for the cremation to take place in Wyoming before the service in New York.
The memorial will be open to the public, and could also be streamed online after Gabby's case made international news.
Laundrie remains a 'person of interest in the case' and is still missing – as the search for him at the Carlton Nature Reserve entered a sixth day Friday.
He is now being hunted by the FBI after an arrest warrant was issued for the 23-year-old.
We pay for your stories!
Do you have a story for The US Sun team?
Email us at [email protected] or call 212 416 4552.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS
Source: Read Full Article