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US marks 40 years since RFK death


The last images of Robert Kennedy before he was shot

The US is marking 40 years since the assassination of Robert F Kennedy, known as Bobby, as he campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The 42-year-old was shot on 5 June 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, just after winning the California state primary. He died the next day.

His death came only two months after that of civil rights leader Martin Luther King in Memphis, Tennessee.

It was less than five years since the killing of his brother, John F Kennedy.

Bobby Kennedy was competing with Senator Eugene McCarthy and Hubert Humphrey, vice-president to then-President Lyndon Johnson, to be the Democrats' choice to run for president.

He had served as attorney-general during his older brother's presidency and spent nearly four years as the senator for New York state.

His death, which shocked the nation, came at a time when it was already shaken by its heavy losses in the Vietnam War.

His killer, a Palestinian man called Sirhan Sirhan, remains in a California prison, having been given a life term.

Bobby Kennedy left 10 children and a widow, Ethel, who was pregnant with their 11th child.

His younger brother, Edward Kennedy, is the second-longest serving member of the US Senate. He is currently undergoing treatment for a malignant brain tumour.

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