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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:00 PM

50 years later: Mourning, intrigue survive JFK’s death

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer

President John F. Kennedy, center, and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, right, ride in the presidential motorcade Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas moments before JFK suffered a fatal gunshot to the head. Dallas today is home to numerous sites memorializing the president’s assassination, including the Texas School Book Depository’s Sixth Floor Museum, from which Lee Harvey Oswald is said to have fired the shot that killed Kennedy, and the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial. A Conspiracy Museum focused on the assassination was housed across the street from the memorial until 2006, when the museum lost its lease. (Courtesy photo)

He’s not exactly sure why, but James Marples said he always felt a strong connection to the late President John F. Kennedy.

Marples, Longview, Texas, wasn’t yet born when JFK was assassinated Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, he said, and hopes he never has to experience the grief that comes with the loss of a president.

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