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JFK Jr. Memorial May Be in New York

July 21, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Members of the Kennedy family have discussed a memorial service for John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister with a priest at a New York City church.

The Rev. John Boehning of the Church of St. Thomas More said Tuesday that he had been speaking with Caroline Kennedy, the sister of JFK Jr., and other family representatives about a memorial at the Manhattan church.

However, he said nothing was decided about where or when the memorial would be.

``I have been in touch with them and they are pursing options,″ said Boehning. ``One thing they were clear about, there were a lot of things to consider.″

Boehning said that Kennedy’s late mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, had attended the Roman Catholic church on the Upper East Side and that Kennedy family functions had been held there.

The discussions about a service were going on as divers continued to search the waters off Massachusetts for wreckage of Kennedy’s plane and the victims’ remains.

Meanwhile, a memorial Mass organized by the Irish community in New York is scheduled for Thursday night at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in lower Manhattan.

``It is intended to supplement whatever service the family will arrange and perhaps accommodate mourners who might not otherwise have an opportunity to pay their respects,″ said Brian O’Dwyer, head of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center.

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