Jerry Brown

Carmel Valley man recalls night RFK was shot 50 years ago

Carmel Valley man recalls night RFK was shot 50 years ago

Frederick Schenk in his office. Directly above him is a painting of Robert F. Kennedy by Roy Lichtenstein that appeared on the cover of the May 24, 1968 edition of Time Magazine. Courtesy

Fifty years ago this month, Robert F. Kennedy’s murder following a campaign speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles convulsed the nation with outrage and grief.

Carmel Valley resident Frederick Schenk, then a teenager in Los Angeles, experienced the tragedy more vividly and poignantly than most — he was there.

Schenk attended Kennedy’s June 5, 1968 appearance with his mother. She and her son were volunteers in Kennedy’s campaign for the Democratic presidential...

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