Tragedy struck a young American couple celebrating the anniversary of their union when they were swept away by flood.
The two young graduates identified as Maya Robinson and her boyfriend of four years, Mark Keffer, both aged 22 drowned in the Espiritu Santo River at the El Yunque National Rainforest on October 11.
The duo were vacationing in Puerto Rico to celebrate their anniversary and their recent graduation from Georgetown University when were killed in a flash flood.
They had just arrived at their Airbnb apartment in San Juan, and at 8am on October 11, they headed off on the sightseeing tour that they had booked.
Local media reports said the American tourists found themselves stranded by the floodwaters and could not escape. Their guide, Pradip Álvarez Astacio, managed to survive and reported them missing. Following a search, the bodies of Robinson and Keffer were recovered from the river.
Robinson was said to be an only child in her family. Her mother, Duana Hamilton, said she does not know what to do now that her daughter, who has been her best friend for the last 22 years, was gone.
“It hurts that someone so good is gone, I just don’t understand it,” she lamented.
Robinson and Keffer reportedly met and fell in love during their freshman year at Georgetown, where she majored in math and computer science, and he in psychology and art.
The college lovebirds were described as inseparable from the moment they bumped into one another in an elevator during freshman orientation week.