The assassination of President John F. Kennedy Jr. devastated the nation and broke the hearts of Greenville residents.
That’s because three years earlier Kennedy charmed Greenville and eastern North Carolina with an 87-minute campaign stop that featured a motorcade through the city, a stop at a tobacco warehouse and a speech at then East Carolina College.
“Folks felt like they knew him. They had shaken hands with him and had been around him for an hour or two. They had an attachment with him,” David J. Whichard II, editor of The Daily Reflector in 1963, said. “When you’ve met somebody and seen him close up you feel like he’s a part of you.”
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