Crime History: RFK gunned down in Los Angeles hotel

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On this day, June 5, in 1968, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy died the next day.

Kennedy was walking through the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel after winning the California primary. Sirhan shot at Kennedy three times from close range before he was tackled by author George Plimpton, Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson and pro football lineman Rosey Grier.

Sirhan, a Christian Arab born in Jerusalem, later said that he had been angry at Kennedy for supporting the shipment of jets to Israel.

He is serving a life sentence in California.

Kennedy's brother, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated five years earlier.

Robert Kennedy is one of two sitting U.S. senators to be assassinated, the other being Huey Long.

-- Scott McCabe

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