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Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter and her son are presumed dead after a canoeing accident in Maryland

By Maria Puente and Andrea Mandell | 3 April 2020

USA TODAY — A member of the Kennedy family and her young son are presumed dead after their canoe was found miles from where they were last seen struggling in choppy Chesapeake Bay waters.

The mission to rescue Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and McKean’s 8-year-old son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, has turned into one of “recovery,” the family said Friday.

“With profound sadness, I share the news that the search for my beloved daughter Maeve and grandson Gideon has turned from rescue to recovery,” Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said in a statement to USA TODAY Friday night.

Maeve McKean is the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, the grandniece of former President John F. Kennedy, and daughter of former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Robert F. Kennedy’s eldest child.

“Maeve was vivid,” continued Kennedy Townsend. “You always knew when she was in a room. Her laughter was loud, unabashed and infectious. She did everything with her full self and her whole heart. She gave the best hugs, sang loudly and out of tune, danced, wrestled, argued, forgave. Maeve shone … The role she treasured most was mom.” […]

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