BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Mary Kennedy's family and friends gathered for a wake Friday night at her home at 326 South Bedford Road - the same property where her body was discovered on Wednesday.
Visitors included Douglas Kennedy and Kerry Kennedy, the brother and sister of Mary Kennedy's estranged husband Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Celebrities including Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her husband Brad Hall as well as comedian Chelsea Handler and a male companion were also seen arriving.
Douglas Kennedy said the rest of the Kennedy family is trying "to take care of Bobby’s kids," Conor, Finny, Kyra and Aidan, who range in age from 11 to 17.
Of Mary, he said, "She was the most organized, fun-loving person. She loved for everybody to be together, which is what we’re doing tonight.”
Traffic was congested on South Bedford Road as Bedford Police and security guided cars into the driveway in front of the house. Press gathered in an area cordoned off by police tape.
Some guests were shuttled from the wake to their parking spaces at the Rippowam Cisqua School's Cisqua campus on West Patent Road in vans with tinted windows.
Mary Kennedy, 52, was found dead Wednesday afternoon in an outbuilding on the Kennedy property at 326 S. Bedford Road. She died of asphyxiation due to hanging, according to the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office. Mary Kennedy's family has filed a motion in New York State Supreme Court seeking custody of her remains.
Douglas Kennedy said Mary Kennedy would not have wanted the fighting that is now going on.
“She loved everyone,” said Kennedy. ‘That's all I know about Mary. She loved everybody. She didn’t want anybody to be fighting.”
A funeral will take place Saturday at St. Patrick's Church in Bedford at 10 a.m.