WESTPORT, Conn. -- Friends and family gathered to celebrate the lives of Jeanette and Jeffrey Navin of Easton, who were found slain last month, in a memorial service Saturday at the United Methodist Church of Westport-Weston.
Roger Roth, a close friend of Jeffrey, spoke of the loss of the well-liked and loved couple, but he also addressed the difficulty in accepting how they died.
“I’m longing for some rational explanation, and I have come to realize that there is no rationale, no explanation. I am at a loss. I don’t know what to do, and I don’t know how to cope,” Roth said, saying he hoped that everyone could find a way to move forward from the tragedy.
“I used to laugh a lot, I want to laugh again, I need to laugh again.”
The couple's son, Kyle Navin, 27, of Bridgeport, was charged with murder in November in the deaths of his parents, three months after they were reported missing.
“Taylor, I can’t tell you how deeply sorry I am,” Roth said as he directed his comments to the couple’s other son, who is 24 and a golf pro in Mississippi. “There are many here among us, including myself, who consider you family and want you to know that we are here for you any time, any place.”
Jeanette Navin, 55, a paraprofessional at Weston Intermediate School, was remembered as a woman who had many best friends. Three of them, Susan Haven, Koryn Soboleski and Cheryl Churchill, all spoke of her generous nature.
“In these last few months, I have heard several people say she was their best friend. And every time I heard someone different say this I thought: ‘How could she be your best friend, she’s mine,’ “ Churchill said to laughs. “After thinking about this for a while, it indeed occurred to me that Jeanette was their best friend. She was kind of everybody’s best friend. She was one of those unique people who truly listened, cared and walked the walk.”
Jeffrey Navin, 56, was the owner of J&J Refuse of Westport. The couple were longtime Weston residents before selling their house this spring and moving to Easton.
In his arrest warrant, State Police said Kyle Navin was in financial trouble. He owed $133,000 to his parents and was spending an up to $300 to $600 a day on heroin as his drug habit escalated, police said.
In text messages to his girlfriend, Jennifer Valiante, 31, who was charged with hindering prosecution and conspiracy in connection with the murders, Navin expressed the need to come up with a plan to get money from his parents.
They Navins were reported missing Aug. 4. Their remains were discovered in the yard of an abandoned home on Norfield Road in Weston on Oct. 29.
Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin met while both attended Staples High School. They were married May 31, 1986.
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