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June 6th, 2008
09:40 PM ET

RFK...first hand experience

Robert F. Kennedy greets students during a presidential campaign stop in La Grande, Ore., May 22, 1968.

Robert F. Kennedy greets students during a presidential campaign stop in La Grande, Ore., May 22, 1968.

Maureen Miller
AC 360° Writer

Editor's note: Watch a special CNN hour examining the historical and cultural parallels between RFK's legacy and what's happening today in "Something's Happening Here: 1968 – 2008": Saturday, June 7 at 2p, 11p, 2a, 5a ET; and Sunday, June 8 at 5p, 1a, 4a ET.

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Sen. Robert F. Kenney’s murder. In a split second, our nation was shattered again. Yet another killing shocked millions, just months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rosey Grier is former bodyguard to Robert F. Kennedy and a former professional football player. He wrested the gunman, Sirhan Sirhan, to the ground after the deadly shots were fired.

40 years later, he’s sharing with CNN what happened the night Kennedy was gunned down in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

He tells us, “I came around a refrigerator area and I saw this man was with a gun in his hand, and people were trying to get a hold of him so I went for his leg and pulled him up on this table, and George Plimpton (Kennedy friend/ writer) had the gun in hand and I locked his legs and George Plimpton couldn’t get the gun out of Sirhan’s hand and other people were around his upper body and some of them, as the other people started to catch up, they went after Sirhan and so I put my hand over George Plimpton's hand and I wrenched the gun out of Sirhan’s hand and put it in my pocket - and now I'm looking around and I knew people were down on the floor and I realized that one of them was Bobby.”

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