"It's been a rough couple of weeks": Town councilman expresses sympathy for family of Gabby Petito

Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Foley knows the family and says as a father of four he has no words to describe what the family is going through.

News 12 Staff

Sep 22, 2021, 9:39 AM

Updated 937 days ago

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The community is rallying around Gabby's Petito’s family and friends in her hometown of Blue Point.
 An autopsy performed Tuesday confirmed that the body found in Wyoming Sunday is Petito.
The Teton County coroner ruled the initial manner of death as homicide.
Jennifer McNamara, a longtime family friend of the Petitos, helped bring the town together.
“The Schmidts and the Petitos are very much a part of this community,” McNamara says. “It’s very difficult for all of us here to know the pain that they’re in.”
McNamara is also the founder of the Johnny Mac Foundation, which lined the streets throughout the community with teal ribbons before the official announcement was made.
Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Foley knows the family and says as a father of four he has no words to describe what the family is going through.
"It's been a rough couple of weeks," says Foley. "Bayport-Blue Point has two towns but it's a special community and when something like this happens, we step up. We step up in many ways. We help the family financially, with food, emotionally and that's what we do here."
The president of the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce also spoke about how the community is helping the family through this unthinkable time.
News 12's Rich Barrabi spoke with the president of the chamber who said, "The community right now is still devastated and in a state of shock. Wounds are so deep from this. Our town is so close. We are such a close-knit community. We stand together as one constantly. We are two towns, one community, one heart."
The sign honoring Gabby as you enter Blue Point is another way the community has banned together to honor her memory.


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