Friends, family flock to Long Island to mourn Gabby Petito

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Gabby Petito’s stepdad Jim Schmidt, left, exits Moloney’s Funeral Home at the end of the funeral home viewing for Petito in Holbrook, N.Y. Sunday, Sept. 26. Lines of mourners paid their respects Sunday for Petito, the 22-year-old whose death on a cross-country trip has sparked a manhunt for her boyfriend. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
Arijeta Lajka The Associated Press HOLBROOK, N.Y. (AP) – Lines of mourners paid their respects Sunday, Sept. 26, for Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old whose death on a cross-country trip has sparked a manhunt for her boyfriend. Among those who congregated in Holbrook, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of New York City, were family members, friends, co-workers and people who were touched by Petito’s story even though they didn’t know her. “She was a beautiful soul; she was full of life, always smiling,” Desiree Keeffe, a friend of Petito’s mother, Nicole, said. “She gave you love. She was just a beautiful soul. She touched everybody like she did now.” Two fire trucks were positioned one on either side of the funeral home, each with its ladder extended, and a lin
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