‘I’m so proud of her’

Petito and Schmidt families hold press conference


During a press conference on Sept. 28, the Petito and Schmidt families displayed new tattoos honoring their daughter and spoke about the need for the same attention to be shown to all missing persons as was shown for Gabby Petito. 

The tattoos, which mirror the ones Gabby herself had, say “Let it be” in cursive, as well as a floral drawing that Gabby designed. The family said they all got the tattoos together the night before. 

“I wanted to have her with me all the time,” said Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt. 

When asked how Gabby’s disappearance shed a light on all of the missing people throughout the country and how the world connected with her daughter and her vibrant spirit, Schmidt said she was “so proud of her daughter.” 

“I just hope that people are inspired by her.” 

Gabby’s father, Joseph Petito, called on the news media at the press conference to cover other missing person cases with the same push with which Gabby’s case was covered. 

“This same type of heightened awareness should be continued for everyone,” Petito said. 

The Petito and Schmidt families have created the Gabby Petito Foundation that they hope can help other people with missing loved ones. More information can be found at gabbypetitofoundation.org.  

As the Gabby Petito Foundation is currently applying for charitable status, the families ask that any donations for the organization be made to the Johnny Mac Foundation until they are able to collect as their own entity.

The Johnny Mac Foundation, of which Nichole Schmidt is a board member, has been instrumental in fundraising for the family and organizing community efforts to show support for the family.


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