Final day of makeshift memorial for Gabby Petito

Reporter: Erika Jackson Writer: Drew Hill
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Gabby Petito Memorial
Credit: WINK News

KUTV, the CBS-Affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah told WINK News that the Teton County Coroner, Dr. Brent Blue, will be holding a press conference on Tuesday. This is to update the media on the ruling of Gabby Petitio’s autopsy.

The press conference is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

A makeshift memorial set up outside of North Port City Hall will be coming down soon.

For the past few weeks, this served as a place for people to grieve and pay their respects to Gabby and her family. But now, because of the rain and sun damage, the City will be collected all of the donated teddy bears, flowers and mementos to send to Petito’s family.

So on Monday, people were able to visit for the final time. This is a space for grieving and and healing. But, a permanent space for grieving and healing could soon come.

Ron Russell lives in North Port. “All the things that people have left, you know, the stuffed animals and flowers and everything,” said Russell.

This is Russell’s second visit to the memorial honoring Gabby Petito at North Port City Hall. “It’s probably doubled in size,” he said. “I came out here a few weeks back and left the little porcelain doll for her.”

One by one, people from across the state are stopping by to get one final look at the memorial. City Staff is set to take it down on Tuesday. The candles, teddy bears and artwork will go to Gabby’s family.

Cece F. lives in North Port as well. “North Port City actually did this I don’t think they’ve ever done it for anybody before,” they said.

Plans are being drafted for a bench that will serve as a permanent memorial for Petito. This young woman who may not have lived in the city for very long, but left a lasting impact.

“I feel that families should have closure one way or the other. I hope so soon,” said Russell.

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