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Tommy Smith’s Letter to Jackie Kennedy

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Fourteen-year-old Tommy Smith wrote to Jackie one day after watching the presidential motorcade make its way toward Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas.
Photograph by Johnny Miller

Dear Mrs. Kennedy:

I know the grief you bear. I bear that same grief. I am a Dallasite. I saw you yesterday. I hope to see you again. I saw Mr. Kennedy yesterday. I’ll never see him again. I’m very disturbed because I saw him a mere 2 minutes before that fatal shot was fired. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it over the radio 5 minutes later. I felt like I was in a daze. To Dallas, time has halted. Everyone is shocked and disturbed. My prayers to you. 

A sympathetic, Prayerful, and Disturbed DALLASITE,
Tommy Smith
Age: 14

Read another letter to the first lady here. 

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