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Robert Francis ("Bobby") Kennedy, the 42 year old senator from New York and younger brother of former President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was shot by an assasin on June 5th, 1968, and died 24 hours later on June 6th, 1968. He was born on November 20, 1925, and was U.S Attornery General from 1961-64, and a U.S Senator representing New York from 1965 until his death.
After graduating from the Universtiy of Virginia Law school in 1951, he became a U.S.Justice Department lawyer until he resigned to manage his older brother's successful 1952 senatorial campaign. From 1953-1956 he was assistant counsel to Sen. Joseph McCarthy's Permanent Investigations Subcommittee. Next, from 1957-1959, he was Chief Counsel to the Senate Rackets Committee and exposed the underworld connections of infamous Teamster Union officials, James Hoffa and Dave Beck.
Bobby managed the presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy and was later appointed U.S. Attornery General in his brother's administration. He was also a close advisor to his brother. In 1964, after President Lyndon B. Johnson did not nominate Bobby as his running mate, Kennedy resigned his position as U.S.Attorney General and won a U.S. Senate seat from New York. In March of 1968, he declared his candidacy for U.S. President in the Democrat Party. On the night of the victory celebration in the California Primary, however, he was fatally shot. His assassin, an immigrant from Jordan named Sirhan B. Sirhan, was arrested at the scene and was later convicted of first degreee murder.
The grave of Robert F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery is marked by a simple, white Christian cross which is also located adjacent to the grave of his brother, John F. Kennedy. On June 8th, 1968, the day of Bobby's funeral, another Kennedy brother, U.S.Senator Edward Kennedy, eugolized:
My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be rememberd simply as a good decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.
Those of us, who loved him and who take him to his rest today pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will someday come to pass for all the world.
As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: 'Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.'
A more elaborate memorial was later constructed in 1971 which was designed by the architect I.M. Pei. A Christian cross still marks the grave and two of Robert Kennedy's most notable addresses can be seen as inscriptions along the fountain area.
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