Miami, United States.

Much has been written about tragedies they have rocked the Kennedy family, considered as “royalty” in USABecause the deaths of its members, usually dramatically, have left mourning images of uncles and cousins ​​- most with golden hair and dressed in black – for history.

However, a new nightmare This month changed everything. And this week new details have been revealed.

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The most recent chapter of the call “curse of the Kennedy family“started in late March when Maeve Kennedy McKean, daughter of former Deputy Governor Kathleen Kennedy and granddaughter of assassinated Robert “Bobby” Kennedy, who was a senator and attorney general in her brother’s Presidency John F. KennedyShe decided to leave the house she shared with her husband in Washington and go to her mother’s vacation property an hour away.

The house had a comfortable garden that overlooked a lake, the perfect setting for her three children to live the quarantine imposed by efforts to contain the coronavirus, while her husband, David McKean, would remain in the capital due to demands for his work.


It was April 2. The sky was clear and the temperature allowed to be outside without getting too warm. It was windy, but the Kennedy They are known for their physical vigor. The mother and the youngest of her three children decided to play ball in the garden after eating.

In this file photo, Maeve Kennedy. AFP

At some point, the ball fell into the water. McKean grabbed a canoe that was on the ground and accompanied by her 8-year-old son Gideon, they set out on what would be an easy and quick maneuver to retrieve it and continue the fun.

They did not count on the wind taking them further and further away from the shore.

Shortly after 4:00 p.m. local time, a man called the emergency services. In the recording, released by authorities this week, he is heard to warn that he had seen two people in a canoe “trying to paddle towards a ball and then the wind picked up and pushed them south. They just passed us.”

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“The first units that arrived were able to observe the canoe, but it was a long way from the dock,” said Russ Russ Davies, the captain of the Arundel County Fire Department.

“They saw it disappear. At that time the two people were in it,” he added.


Before the husband called the authorities to report the disappearance of his wife and son, the police were looking for them.

After the first 24 hours have passed, Kathleen Kennedy He recognized that the operation had gone from being a rescue to a recovery of bodies.

The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, revealed in one of his press conferences to discuss the state of the pandemic that his daughters were devastated by the news and having to live, once again, such a moment away from their cousins.

Cara Kennedy-Cuomo, Mariah Kennedy-Cuomo and Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo are the product of the politician’s marriage to Kerry Kennedy, the seventh daughter of Bobby Kennedy.

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This week, the forensic department also released the autopsy results: Both had signs of hypothermia and the cause of death was identified as accidental drowning.


In the face of this new tragedy, more than 3,000 people connected through the Zoom platform to pay tribute to Maeve Kennedy McKean and her son Gideon.

At the ceremony, led by the now widower, the closest ones wept, each at home, respecting the confinement measures decreed by the authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Some were colleagues from Kennedy, who was a specialist in Public Health and part of the team of former President Barack Obama. Others, friends with different closeness. Most were members of the family, who once again had to gather for a tragedy.


Just as they did when the president was assassinated in 1963, when his son John died in a plane crash in 1999, when Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, when David died of an overdose in 1984, Michael in a ski accident in 1987, Kara and Christopher from heart attacks in 2011 and 2018 -respectively- and Saoirse from an overdose in 2019.

In her farewell to Maeve Kennedy, her widower paid tribute to her kindness, her dedication to motherhood, her intelligence and love of fun, the one that led her to marry dressed in white shoes with sequins embroidered Converse tennis shoes.

Some of those connected declared to the press that it had been a “heartbreaking” ceremony, since the family will not be able to live the duel together until the quarantine ends.


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