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A Summary Of The Assassination Of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. On the night of April 3, King gave a speech at the Mason Temple Church in Memphis. Just after 6 p.m. the following day, King was standing on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel, where he and his associates were staying, when a sniper’s bullet struck him in the neck. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, at the age of 39 Several minutes after the shooting, a local police officer discovered a Remington 30-06 rifle along with a wealth of physical evidence, as follows: an overnight bag containing assorted toiletries, two unopened cans of beer, a portable radio with the number “00416” scratched on its side, (later discovered to be James Earl Ray’s inmate number while a prisoner at Missouri State Penitentiary), a pair of pliers with “Romage Hardware” stamped on the handle, a Memphis newspaper dated April 4, 1968, a brown paper bag on which “Homestead” was printed and men’s underwear. Also found was a cardboard box that contained Bushnell binoculars and a paper bag and receipt from York Arms Company dated April 4, 1968, along with cartridge and some ammunition. (Using Records and Files in Investigating the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2014) The store owner, Mr. Canipe, told police he saw someone dropping this bundle at his door around the time of Dr. King’s assassination. Despite finding this cornucopia of evidence, it was not until
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