Gabby Petito's Long Island hometown mourns discovery of body in Wyoming

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Monday, September 20, 2021
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A community on Long Island is now embracing Gabby Petito's family in their sorrow.

BLUE POINT, Long Island (WABC) -- Dorothy Johnson lives across the street from the Petito family on Long Island. On Sunday night she remembered 22-year-old Gabby.

"I thank God they have finalization because not knowing is the worst thing. I know how she feels. I know how they feel, I'm very close with the family," Johnson said, "She was the sweetest, kindest person ever."

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The quiet hamlet of Blue Point sits on the Great South Bay. After learning there is no hope left for a happy homecoming, the community is now embracing the family in their sorrow.

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"I certainly join with everybody locally, regionally and around the country in expressing my sincere condolences. Pray God give the family some solace in this extreme tragedy and loss," said Randy Schultz.

Johnson lost her son ten years ago. When she tried to raise awareness about substance abuse, she held a contest for a logo for her nonprofit. Gabby's drawing won. Her talent and love live on.

"She is incredible, unbelievable," Johnson said.

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