Gabby Petito’s father stumbled across a heartwarming memory on Thursday, June 2.
The father of the late-22-year-old shared a “Throwback Thursday” photo with his daughter.
The picture is a candid snapshot of Gabby when she was a little girl snuggling on her dad’s lap while he cradles her in his arms.
Gabby and Joseph are both smiling for the camera.
Joseph Petito Shares Throwback Photo With Gabby
He captioned the candid picture, “Emptying our storage unit and come across this. Take as many photos/ videos you can with your loved ones. #TBT #gabbypetito #missyou #loveyou.”
His followers were quick to comment on the adorable photo.
Joseph Encourages Everyone To Take As Many Photos & Videos With Loved Ones!
“Beautiful photos. Glad you came across. I think about Gabby a lot and what you go through and Nicole. Awareness for domestic violence. Justice for Gabby,” one person replied.
Another sympathized with Joseph writing, “My heart aches for you almost daily. Her story has affected me so much. As a parent, I can feel your pain. Sending you a hug Joe. Gabby seemed like such a beautiful soul.”
“Omg!! You both are too cute!! She was so lucky to have you, and those in her family !! I’m so glad she was happy and healthy and enjoyed what she could. She will forever be missed by us all ,” a consoling follower wrote.
This person sent well wishes to Joseph by responding, “Those are precious moments Thanks for sharing. May God continue to heal strengthen and comfort your family. Sending love and prayers to all. My deepest condolences. #RIPSWEETANGELGABBY.”
Gabby died at the hands of her fiancé Brian Laundrie last summer. Her official cause of death was “blunt force injuries to the head and neck, with manual strangulation.”
Last summer and into early fall, Gabby and her former fiancé set off from North Port, FL. for a cross-country road trip to visit the US’s National Parks.
They packed up their life in FL. and loaded it into her conversion van which she dubbed “vanlife.” Their travels were chronicled on her YouTube channel until her social media accounts came to an abrupt publishing halt.
Gabby Was Killed By Her Fiancé
Brian returned to Florida from Wyoming without Gabby around late August.
Gabby had basically kept in touch with her mother, Nichole Schmidt, on the daily, if not every other day.
Her communication became scarce and this raised flags in her mother’s head.
On September 11, 2021, Schmidt filed a missing person report.
Her parents worst nightmare was about to come true.
On September 19, Gabby’s body was discovered in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. FBI and law enforcement officials suspect she was murdered in August.
A wild manhunt for Brian began soon after Gabby was reported missing and lasted weeks.
The 23-year-old would go on to kill himself by means of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He admitted to killing his fiancée in a notebook entry before his death.
Gabby’s parents, Nichole Schmidt and Joseph, have filed a lawsuit against Brian’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie.