Paying Respect to Gabby Petito During North Port Vigil

#JusticForGabby - Gabby Petito and Butterfly

Like many in the country, I’m captivated by the Gabby Petito case. I live in North Port and her boyfriend’s home is a few miles from my home. I’ve hiked some of the Carlton Reserve including Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, the area law enforcement officials are searching for him.

Saturday night, I attended a vigil for Gabby which included a release of 100 live butterflies. I joined hundreds of other North Port residents to pay respect and celebrate life. Local, regional, national, and international media attended and a neighbor asked Brian Laundrie to come forward, stating he’s innocent before proven guilty.

I hope this is over soon so her family can end this horrific chapter.

There’s a LOT of arm-chair quarterbacking with how law enforcement is handling things. Remember, they haven’t shared everything and there’s a logical method for what they’re doing.

Sadly, people go missing everyday and I hope the frenzy over her case sheds light on all those who are missing.

One of the butterflies released during the vigil for Gabby Petito in North Port, Fla., Sept. 25, 2021.
One of the butterflies released during the vigil for Gabby Petito in North Port, Fla., Sept. 25, 2021.

Additional Photos from the Gabby Petito Vigil in North Port, Fla., Sept. 25, 2021

Gabby Petito Case in North Port, Fla.

Here’s the video of the butterfly I released.

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Jennifer A. Huber is the voice behind Solo Travel Girl. She's an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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