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Schenectady grieves for assassinated JFK

People wear solemn faces during a memorial service for John F. Kennedy at First Reformed Church in Schenectady on Monday, Nov. 25, 1963.
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People wear solemn faces during a memorial service for John F. Kennedy at First Reformed Church in Schenectady on Monday, Nov. 25, 1963.
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A shopper walked out of a store in downtown Schenectady — he had just learned President John F. Kennedy had died in Dallas. “I’m shocked,” the man told reporter Pete Jacobs from the Schenectady Gazette. “I hoped the poor guy would pull through. But he didn’t.” It was Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, and people downtown had similar feelings about the assassination. They stood silently at bus stops; they cried openly in the streets. They said ...

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