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Friends’ reunion ends in tragedy

Wife tries to help as husband, friend struggle in waves

GLOUCESTER—Three ­decades after leaving high school and their childhoods in North ­Attleborough and Wrentham, ­David Machado, Kristen Mayo, and Evelyn Howe had found one another again. David and Kristen married.Kristen and Evelyn took their high school acquaintanceship to a deeper friendship. They visited and chatted often.

They decided to spend Sunday together. The couple drove up from Rhode Island to visit Howe. They had breakfast; then they chatted. After lunch, they set out on an exuberant mile-and-a-half stroll to one of Howe’s favorite places on earth, Brace Cove, a rocky grotto of coastline near Eastern Point, with breathtaking views of the ocean and a sprawling brick manor looking out to sea.

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