Factbox: Quotes on 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination

Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:40pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - Following are quotes on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, shot dead on November 22, 1963, as his motorcade passed through crowded Dallas streets.

(All quotes are from interviews by Reuters except the excerpt from the 1963 CBS broadcast with Walter Cronkite.)

BOB HUFFAKER, EYEWITNESS AND FORMER REPORTER AT KRLD RADIO IN DALLAS:

"It looked as though the entire city had turned up. It was really great. Dallas had shown that it really loved that president."

TINA TOWNER PENDER, THEN-13-YEAR-OLD EYEWITNESS:

"As the first gunshot sounded, I looked up to the building, thinking somebody was throwing firecrackers out of the window, but I only had a split second before some stranger, and I still don't know who it was, pulled me to the ground."

HUGH AYNESWORTH, EYEWITNESS AND FORMER DALLAS MORNING NEWS REPORTER:

"Then I heard what I thought was a motorcycle backfiring, only it wasn't - it was the first shot and then in a few seconds, another shot and a third."

DR. RONALD JONES, FORMER CHIEF RESIDENT AT PARKLAND HOSPITAL WHO OPERATED ON KENNEDY:   Continued...