SUFFERN - A wake was held Wednesday for a Suffern man who was allegedly killed by his niece and her boyfriend.
Investigators say Niki Hunt-Circelli and Gary Crocket killed the woman's uncle, William Valenti, then held hands as they leapt to their deaths from the George Washington Bridge.
Valenti, 70, was a well-known businessman who ran a catering business in the town of Ramapo. Many describe him as a hardworking, kind and gentle human being.
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Residents were shocked when they heard that Hunt-Cirelli and Crockett allegedly killed Valenti at the home they shared with him on Washington Avenue.
Investigators say the two had withdrawn money from Valenti's bank account without permission and that Valenti was murdered before he was about to tell police about the stolen money.
The Rockland County medical examiner says Valenti died of asphyxiation. It is unclear whether he was choked or smothered.
A funeral for Valenti will be held at the Sacred Heart Church in Suffern. He will be laid to rest at Airmont Cemetery.