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Date Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 08:46:05pm

The busboy who tried to help a wounded Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 dies. His life was haunted by the violence

By Steve Lopez; Los Angeles Times, Oct 03, 2018 | 7:20 PM

Juan Romero struggled for decades with a memory he could not escape.

He left Los Angeles and moved to Wyoming, later came back west and settled in San Jose, raised a family and devoted himself to construction work.

But still he was haunted by what happened just after midnight on June 5, 1968, when he was on duty as a busboy at the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard near Koreatown. That was the night an assassin took aim at Robert F. Kennedy, a candidate for president of the United States. Romero, just 17 at the time, squatted next to the fallen U.S. attorney general, cradled Kennedy’s head, and tried to help him up before realizing how gravely wounded Kennedy was.

That only made the news of Romero’s death this week in Modesto, at age 68, seem all the more tragic.

“He had a heart attack several days ago and his brain went too long without oxygen,” said his longtime friend, TV newsman Rigo Chacon of San Jose. “He passed away on Monday morning.”

A niece and a brother confirmed Romero’s death, but family members were unavailable for comment.


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: (NT)RussWednesday, October 03, 09:11:36pm
Dick Tuck, 94, political stategist, who made the arrangements to take Robert Kennedy through the kitchen of The Ambassador Hotel on June 5, 1968, had died last May 28th!6-degrees...Thursday, October 04, 03:14:16am

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