A FRIEND of Gabby Petito's family has revealed why she chose the color blue for the ribbons meant to honor the vlogger at her hometown vigil.

Jennifer McNamara, 54, chose the color of the ribbons based on the color of Gabby's eyes, she exclusively told The Sun from the 22-year-old's hometown of Blue Point, New York.


She said: “Her eyes, she had these incredibly blue sparkly eyes, her mother described them as like a teal color.

“When we bought the ribbons, we had to buy turquoise because the teal was a little more green than blue. So it took us quite a bit of poking around to find the right color, but that’s what it’s meant to represent.”

McNamara's husband was a 9/11 first-responder who died of cancer and worked at the same fire station as Gabby's stepfather Jimmy Schmidt.

"I've been friendly with Nicole for many years as well," she added of Gabby's mom.

Gabby served as a babysitter for McNamara's 14-year-old Jack, who described the vlogger as a happy person and "someone living with rainbows."


McNamara is part of the Blue Point, New York, community that has organized a vigil for Gabby.

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"People want to jump into action they want to do something and we felt that showing support in a very grand way throughout the entire community would be a wonderful thing to do," she said.

"This is a community that grieves together. They do everything together. It's a very tight knit community and I know that everyone here is grieving, you know, for Gabby and for what's happened, and what her family is going through, and so we just want to show support."

Laundrie and Patito were roughly two months into a four-month adventure when Laundrie returned to his Florida home with their van on September 1.

Gabby's parents reported her missing on September 11, and since an outpouring of support has come for the young vlogger.

An autopsy performed on Tuesday confirmed that the body of Gabby had been found in Wyoming.

Residents across Bayport-Blue Point, Long Island, placed candles at the base of their driveways to remember Gabby.


The funeral service for Gabby is slated for Sunday, September 26, from 12pm to 5pm, at Moloney's Holbrook Funeral Home in Holbrook, New York.

Gabby's remains are set to be cremated as her family prepares for a memorial to say a final farewell to the 22-year-old vlogger.

The Sun understands the family planned for the cremation to take place in Wyoming before the service in New York.

The memorial will be open to the public, and could also be streamed online after Gabby's case made international news.

Gabby's stepdad, James Schmidt, left a cross made of stones and a bouquet of flowers while visiting the Wyoming campground where her body was found over the weekend.

Laundrie remains a 'person of interest in the case' and is still missing – as the search for him at the Carlton Nature Reserve entered a sixth day Friday.

He is now being hunted by the FBI after an arrest warrant was issued for the 23-year-old.

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