Paul Schrade, union leader wounded in Robert Kennedy slaying, dies at 97

Paul Schrade, Union Leader Wounded In Robert Kennedy Slaying, Dies At 97 - Cffetsdbbmi63I5Hnmwyfxlcxy

Paul Schrade, an autoworker union leader who aided Robert Kennedy’s presidential run in 1968 and was wounded when an assassin opened fire on Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, then spent more than five decades seeking to prove gunman Sirhan Sirhan did not act alone, died Nov. 9 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.

Mr. Schrade’s brother-in-law, Martin Weil, confirmed the death. No specific cause was given.

Los Angeles police and other official investigators have repeatedly rejected assertions about an alleged second shooter and other theories about the June 1968 slaying as Kennedy celebrated a win in California’s Democratic primary.

Sirhan, a Jordanian immigrant, was captured on the spot and later convicted of being the lone gunman in the killing — which stunned the world just two months after civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot in Memphis. (Robert Kennedy’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.)

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This article was written by Brian Murphy and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com