Where Did Martin Luther King Die?


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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968. He was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Hospital after being struck by an assassin's bullet on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

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After traveling to Memphis in support of a sanitation workers' strike, Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray, a petty criminal, racist and escaped convict. Ray used a Remington rifle and fired a bullet that pierced King's jaw, instantly severing his spinal column. An exhaustive manhunt followed, and Ray was eventually apprehended in London, England, two months after the death of King. King was 39 years old at the time of his death.

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