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A Massachusetts teenager is being remembered after she died in a tragic boating accident.
Cassidy Murray, a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, died on Wednesday during a family trip to Aruba, according to ABC affiliate WCVB-TV.
“It is with broken hearts that we share the news of the tragic passing of our daughter, Cassidy,” her family said in a statement. “Cassidy’s beautiful spirit, genuinely kind heart, bright mind, and joyful zest for life will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved her.”
A local restaurant in Aruba posted a tribute on Facebook, saying that the tragedy happened on the last day of the family vacation.
Currently, no additional details about the accident have been released.
The middle schooler’s death was mourned by school officials and classmates.
“Classmates gravitated to her because of her genuine kindness and quiet modesty,” the head of school, Jennifer Price wrote in a statement, according to Boston 25 News.
“Her friends knew from the very first week of school that she would be a trusted, warm confidant with a great sense of fun and camaraderie,” Pierce said about Cassidy, who joined the school community in the fall of 2021.
A neighbor, who lives across the street from the Murray family, told The Boston Globe that Cassidy had “an ear-to-ear smile.”
Price wrote, “we all hold the Murray family — Linda, David, and Adam — close in our thoughts and hearts,” referencing her parents and an older brother who is a tenth grader at the school.
“This is a parent’s worst nightmare,” Price said in an interview.
A GoFundMe page was created on behalf of the Murray family, who asked for privacy as they grieve the loss of their daughter.
“As some of you may know, an amazing 13-year-old girl, Cassidy Murray, lost her life in Aruba this past week in a tragic accident out on the water,” Ken Grille, the organizer wrote on the campaign. “Please give what you can if you can.”
The GoFundMe raised over $33K as of Wednesday morning.