WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray vividly recalls November 22, 1963.
Gray had turned 21 less than two weeks earlier and was studying psychology at George Washington University.
He was on the school’s Foggy Bottom campus when he learned tragedy had struck in Dallas and President John Fitzgerald Kennedy had been gunned down.
“People were just mortified. People were in tears. People were just absolutely overcome with emotion,” Gray recalls. “That something like this could [not only] happen to a president, but a president who was beloved by so many.”
Unbeknownst to many, Kennedy’s assassination came at a particularly difficult time for the young Gray whose father was battling a serious illness and died three weeks after the 35th president.
“It was a really terrible time for my family,” said Gray.