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The granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy had taken her household to Maryland and was staying at her mom’s home to flee the coronavirus, her grief-stricken husband stated.
Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her 8-year-old son Gideon McKean have been in a canoe in Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis after they disappeared Thursday. The Coast Guard referred to as off the search Friday night time.
“It is clear that Maeve and Gideon have passed away,” McKean’s husband stated on Facebook Friday.
“We were self-quarantining in an empty house owned by Maeve’s mother Kathleen on the Chesapeake Bay, hoping to give our kids more space than we have at home in DC to run around,” David McKean stated.
He stated his spouse and daughter obtained within the canoe to chase a ball that went into the water as the 2 of them have been taking part in a recreation of kickball close to a small, shallow cove behind the home.
“They obtained right into a canoe, intending merely to retrieve the ball, and one way or the other obtained pushed by wind or tide into the open bay,” McKean stated. “About 30 minutes later they have been noticed by an onlooker from land, who noticed them far out from shore, and referred to as the police. After that final sighting, they weren’t seen once more. The Coast Guard recovered their canoe, which was capsized and miles away, at roughly 6:30 (Thursday) night.”
McKean was the daughter of RFK’s oldest little one, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former Maryland lieutenant governor.
Gideon was “deeply compassionate, declining to sing youngsters’s songs in the event that they contained a touch of animals or folks being handled cruelly,” McKean stated of his son.
He stated of his spouse: “She was my every little thing.”
McKean was the mom of two different youngsters, Gabriella, 7, and Toby, 2.
“As Gabriella and Toby lay sleeping subsequent to me final night time, I promised them that I’d do my greatest to be the mother or father that Maeve was, and to be the person who Gideon clearly would have grown as much as be,” David McKean stated.