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When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, Robert F. Kennedydelivered a very compassionate speech addressing the tragedy.The man who assassinated MLKJr. was James Earl Ray and it happened in Memphis, Tennessee.James Earl May wanted toassassinate MLK Jr. because he did not share the same beliefs.He did not believe in what MLKJr. was fighting for, which was equality between the African American and Caucasianpopulations.Kennedy gave his speech from Indianapolis, Indiana and he was focusing on theAfrican American audience.While Robert F. Kennedy was addressing the sudden loss of MLK Jr., he showed anunderstanding and compassion for him, his surviving family, and his followers.He also showedin his address that he had experienced an assassination in his own family.One way that Kennedyshowed compassion in his speech was in the beginning when he said, “I'm only going to talk toyou just for a minute or so this evening, because I have some -- some very sad news for all ofyou -- Could you lower those signs, please? -- I have some very sad news for all of you, and, I