𝙰𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙲𝚘𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝙶𝚞𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚊𝚝 𝟷𝟻, 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛, 𝚊 𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚣𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚜 “𝚍𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝" 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚘𝚢𝚜, 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚘𝚌𝚊𝚕 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎𝚜 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚎𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚛 𝙳𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝙲𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗 - 𝙲𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊 𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚒𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝙹𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚗, 𝙹𝚊𝚗𝚎 𝙵𝚘𝚗𝚍𝚊, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙱𝚞𝚛𝚝 𝚁𝚎𝚢𝚗𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚜. 𝙲𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗 𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚜 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 — 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝙰𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚞𝚛 𝙰𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚠 𝙶𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚗 — 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚊 𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚞𝚙 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚜𝚞𝚙𝚎𝚛-𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝙷𝚎𝚗𝚛𝚢 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚜𝚘𝚗. 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚛𝚎𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚋𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚁𝚘𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚝 𝚆𝚊𝚐𝚗𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚁𝚘𝚌𝚔 𝙷𝚞𝚍𝚜𝚘𝚗. ”𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚋𝚎 𝚗𝚘 𝚃𝚊𝚋 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚏 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝙳𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝙲𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗,” 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚊𝚢𝚜.
The LA Times is reporting tonight that Juan Romero has died of a heart attack at the age of 68. Romero was the busboy seen cradling the head of a mortally wounded Robert F. Kennedy in the iconic photograph taken shortly after Kennedy had been shot in the head by an assassin's bullet. Romero was forever 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 Blvd. near Koreatown in Los Angeles. Romero was just 17 at the time. Romero was in the habit of leaving flowers at that monument each year to mark RFK’s death. He said he often felt we as a nation were moving further politically from what he saw as a Kennedy legacy of tolerance and compassion.