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Questions Linger As 50th Anniversary Of Robert F. Kennedy's Assassination Comes This Week

June 04, 2018 - 4:44 pm

LOS ANGELES (WCBS 880) -- The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy shook the nation 50 years ago this week, and it raised questions that linger today.

As CBS News Correspondent Steve Futterman reported, the night of June 5, 1968 should have been the highpoint of Kennedy’s political career, as he had just won the California primaries for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Instead, celebration turned into tragedy and chaos at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, as Kennedy was shot after leaving the podium.

For more than 24 hours, doctors desperately tried to save Kennedy, but they could not. He was pronounced dead at 1:44 p.m. on June 6, 1968.

The memories are still vivid for Kennedy’s oldest child, Kathleen.

“We lost our father, and the country lost a great leader,” she said.

At the site of the assassination, a lot has changed. The Ambassador Hotel closed to guests in 1989 and was torn down in 2005 and 2006.

Now standing at the site are the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools – a collection of six different schools.

Meanwhile a half century later, there are still some questions about what took place that night. Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant, was found guilty of Kennedy’s murder.

But for years, a number of people have claimed a second gunman fired the fatal shot.

Now, two of the Kennedy children – including Kathleen – support a new investigation.

“I think it should be reopened,” she said.