#Throwback Thursday: RFK’s Assassination

Carol Daniel

(KMOX) – With much of the nation still reeling from the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis in April of 1968 and protests raging over the Vietnam War, just after midnight on June 5, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

Five others were shot, but all survived.

A CBS reporter interviewed Dr. Ross Miller, who had tried to save Kennedy.

“They were a mass of blood, and he had head injuries,” Ross said. “The extent of them could not be ascertained immediately.”

At the time, Secret Service protected incumbent presidents, but not presidential candidates. Kennedy’s death would change that.

Hubert Humphrey went on to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency, but ultimately lost the election to Richard Nixon.

Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of murdering Sen. Kennedy, and is currently serving a life sentence.

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