Friday, October 5, 2018

Juan Romero

Earlier this year, in this space (on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert Kennedy), I wrote of Juan Romero, the seventeen-year-old high school student working as a busboy at Los Angeles's Ambassador Hotel, the night Senator Kennedy was shot there.  Romero and Kennedy had just shaken hands, in the hotel's kitchen, when the shooting occurred. The grim, haunting photographs of Romero, crouched next to Kennedy, attending to him, are certainly, for millions of people, the images most associated with the assassination.

Mr. Romero, I was saddened to learn, died on Monday in California.  He was 68.