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Boris Yaro reflects on the R.F.K. assassination

Boris Yaro, retired Los Angeles Times staff photographer, and Richard “Dick” Smith, retired NBC photographer, recently received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles.

As part of the awards presentations, short video interviews of Yaro and Smith were produced. Yaro talks of the 1968 assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. With permission of the PPAGLA, here is the Yaro interview.

In 2010, Yaro previously wrote “The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy” for the From the Archive blog.

The PPAGLA website has the Richard “Dick” Smith video.

June 5, 1968: Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy lies on the floor at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles moments after he was shot in the head. Credit: Boris Yaro/Los Angeles Times


  1. April 2, 2012, 9:40 pm

    The worst moment in my life and for my generation.

  2. April 30, 2012, 9:23 pm

    Food for thought: Late in the afternoon the day before the day of the Bay of Pigs Invasion Robert Kennedy phoned me saying that JFK had asked me to inform Fidel Castro that there would be an invasion at the Bay of Pigs the next morning. I phoned JFK to find if he had asked Robert to ask me to tell Fidel- JFK said yes. I told Fidel, the Bay of Pigs invasion failed. Sirhan was a big hater of Fidel Castro- Sirhan's father was one of those corrupt politicians that Castro had ruined their financial lives- therebye ruining Sirhan's dreams of a wealthy life. Sirhan had a very big reason for revenge on Robert Kennedy because the Bay of Pigs Invasion would have brought Castro down.

    By: Bobby Dias
  3. October 13, 2012, 12:06 pm

    Boris…WHERE IS HIS HAND???

  4. July 21, 2014, 11:29 pm

    Why do you care where his hand is? His HEART stopped!

    By: Bobby Dias

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