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Memorial visitation for Gabrielle Petito set for Sunday, family's attorney says

A memorial visitation for Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito will

A memorial visitation for Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito will be held in Holbrook on Sunday, her father posted on social media on Friday. Above, a photo of Gabrielle Petito is seen at a makeshift memorial dedicated to her near the North Port, Fla., City Hall on Tuesday. Credit: Getty Images / Octavio Jones

A memorial visitation for Gabrielle Petito, the 22-year-old Blue Point native who authorities said died by homicide after her body was found in a Wyoming national forest, will be held Sunday on Long Island, the attorney for Petito's parents confirmed Friday.

The visitation for Petito will be held Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home at 825 Main St. in Holbrook, according to the funeral home and attorney Richard Stafford. It will be open to the public.

In lieu of flowers, the Petito family asked for donations to the future Gabby Petito Foundation, Stafford said. Donations can be made electronically at Johnnymacfoundation.org.

Petito’s father, Joe Petito, tweeted the details of the visitation Friday morning for "our sweet Gabby" and added: "Thanks to all for your support and love."

Suffolk County police in a statement said that while they didn't anticipate closing any roadways near Sunday's visitation in Holbrook, officers will be assigned to monitor traffic in the area.

In Florida, police searched a massive nature reserve for Gabrielle Petito's fiance Brian Laundrie for the sixth day. Laundrie is, a person of interest in her homicide who is wanted on a federal arrest warrant for alleged credit card fraud. Police said late Friday they planned to continue searching the reserve this weekend.

"The warrant doesn't change anything for us," said North Port police Cmdr. Joe Fussell. "We’re working as hard to find him now as we did on Day One."

Laundrie's parents reported him missing to police on Sept. 17, amid a frantic search for Petito, who had been on a cross-country road trip with her fiance.

Petito's family reported her missing on Sept. 11, about two weeks after she ceased communication with them and Laundrie returned to his parents' Florida home alone in her van.

Laundrie had refused to speak to investigators about Petito's whereabouts before he went missing.

He has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Wyoming for illegally accessing a debit card and two bank accounts from Aug. 30 to Sept.1, the FBI in Denver said Thursday.

The FBI has also searched Laundrie’s North Port home Monday — less than 24 hours after Petito’s body was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming last Sunday — and was seen removing several boxes. A silver Ford Mustang convertible was towed from the driveway.

Petito and Laundrie, who both graduated from Bayport-Blue Point High School, had left for their trip in early July and had stopped at several national parks on their way to Portland, Oregon.

According to a police search warrant, Petito and her mother, Nichole Schmidt, communicated often during the trip and "during these conversations, there appeared to be more and more tension between ... [Petito] and Laundrie."

Police in Moab City, Utah, have said they are launching an investigation into their response to a 911 call reporting a physical altercation between Petito and Laundrie on Aug. 12 near Arches National Park. Laundrie told police the trip had created an "emotional strain" on the couple. Police labeled Petito the aggressor despite an initial witness reporting a man slapping a woman. No charges were filed.

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