Friends and classmates gather at Cambridge school to remember local teen killed in boating accident

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Students, parents, and faculty of Buckingham Browne & Nichols private school gathered Saturday morning to support one another and grieve the loss of 13-year-old Cassidy Murray, a seventh-grader at the Cambridge school.

Murray was killed in a boating accident Wednesday in Aruba.

“It’s really about being in community with one another,” said Jennifer Price, Head of School at BB&N. “We’ve got cards that people are writing to the family, we have some service dogs, we have some food, we have lots of tissues. It’s really just about being with one another supporting one another.”

Cassidy joined BB&N in September. Her older brother, Adam, is a tenth grader at the school.

“You wouldn’t know Cassidy was new, she’s made connections so quickly,” said Jamie Wallace, Seventh Grade Dean at BB&N. “It sounds cliché, but she literally did light up a room when she walked in. She was just so bright and positive and happy and had such great humility about her. She was just a remarkable girl.”

Price said classes will resume as normal on Monday following the two-week spring break, but students will be able to speak with counselors and take breaks as needed.

“It’s absolutely tragic,” said Alice Wang, an advisor at BB&N Middle School and parent of a tenth grader. “My daughter is in Adam’s class. I wanted to make sure she heard it from me and not through social media or some other news form. There’s no easy way honestly, just to really be straightforward and simple and explain it in terms they understand, that it is an awful, horrific thing that’s happened.”

A family friend of the Murray’s started a GoFundMe for the family, as they mourn Cassidy.