“Mourning Son”

Rocker Dave Navarro confronts his mother’s killer in new documentary

Dave Navarro in his “Ink Master” dressing room. (Danny Ghitis/The New York Times)

In a new documentary called Mourning Son, Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro opens up about the lingering trauma of his mother’s murder. On March 3, 1983, Connie Navarro and her friend Sue Jory were shot to death by John Riccardi, an ex-boyfriend of Connie’s. Navarro, who would later rise to fame as a rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, was fifteen at the time of his mother’s death. Mourning Son sees Navarro travel to San Quentin State Prison to meet Riccardi, although he was not permitted to film their interaction. This, Navarro told the New York Times, proved to be for the best: “I don’t want to turn this guy into an interesting character,” he said. Rather than focus on Riccardi, Mourning Son explores the tragic impact of Connie’s death, which Navarro said drove him to a heroin addiction.  Ultimately, the film functions as an avenue for healing. As Navarro told the Times: “One of the ways in which trauma survivors get past trauma is to walk through the ugliness.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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