Gabby Petito’s family held the first fundraiser for a newly created foundation and there are still ways for the public to donate or support the “Justice for Gabby” cause.
The family held a fundraiser on Oct. 17 in New York and it generated more than $14,000, according to NewsNation.
The money is going to The Gabby Petitio foundation. The group will use the funds to support efforts to find other missing persons and to assist groups who support victims of domestic violence.
“We wish to turn our personal tragedy into a positive,” the foundation’s missing statement reads.
The fundraising efforts come as police say they found the remains of Brian Laundrie on Oct. 20.
Petito lived in Florida with Laundrie and the two embarked on a cross-country trip over the summer. They chronicled their adventures of so-called “van life” as they visited various national parks and locations. The couple posted seemingly loving photos and videos of their trip.
In early September, Laundrie returned to Florida without Petito. More than a week later, Petito’s family in New York reported her missing. A massive manhunt by police in Florida, the FBI and social-media sleuths unfolded.
Officers in Florida named Laundrie as a person of interest and said they wanted to speak to him about Petito’s disappearance.
On Sept. 19, FBI officials announced they found Petito’s remains in Wyoming. Her death has been ruled a homicide and her cause of death was strangulation.