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Mary Jo Kopechne’s grieving parents

Joseph Kopechne of Berkley, N.J., supports his weeping wife Gwen as the grieving parents of drowning victim Mary Jo Kopechne, 29, walk into St. Vincent’s Chruch in Plymouth, Pa., for funeral services for their daughter, July 2, 1969. (Photo: AP)

Chappaquiddick: A tragedy that changed the course of American history

In the summer of 1969, Sen. Edward “Ted”. Kennedy left a party on Chappaquiddick island neat Martha's Vineyard, Mass., with Mary Jo Kopechne. Later that night Kennedy's car plunged off the narrow wooden Dike Bridge into a pond. Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned. Here’s a look back at that tragic day and its aftermath.

Here’s a look back at that tragic day and its aftermath.

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