Blue Point pays tribute to Gabby Petito by lining streets with teal ribbon

The color was chosen by Petito's mom, Nicole Schmidt, to resemble her daughter’s eyes, according to Jennifer McNamara

News 12 Staff

Sep 21, 2021, 10:23 AM

Updated 1,035 days ago

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A Long Island community is honoring the life of Gabby Petito with ribbons resembling the color of her eyes.
An autopsy performed Tuesday confirmed that the body found in Wyoming Sunday is Petito.
The Teton County coroner ruled the initial manner of death as homicide.
Jennifer McNamara, a longtime family friend of the Petitos, helped bring the town together.
“The Schmidts and the Petitos are very much a part of this community,” McNamara says. “It’s very difficult for all of us here to know the pain that they’re in.”
McNamara is also the founder of the Johnny Mac Foundation, which lined the streets throughout the community with teal ribbons before the official announcement was made.
The color was chosen by Petito's mom, Nicole Schmidt, to resemble her daughter’s eyes, according to McNamara.
“I hope everybody looks at it and they think of her beautiful eyes,” McNamara says. “They think of her beautiful soul.”
Blue Point resident Jen says everybody is just looking to be supportive and stand behind the family.
Her son Jack says Petito was a “great person.”
“She was my babysitter for such a long time,” says Blue Point resident Jack. “I just remember her as a fun person.”
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