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Why JFK's Assassination Stands Out More Than Any Other

ROCKFORD -- John F. Kennedy wasn't the only president to be assassinated in office. Eyewitness News asked a Rockford University professor why his carries more weight than the others.
ROCKFORD -- John F. Kennedy wasn't the only president to be assassinated in office. Eyewitness News asked a Rockford University professor why his carries more weight than the others.

William McKinley, James Garfield, and Abraham Lincoln were assassinated in office. But of all four victims, Cathrine Forslund, a Rockford University history professor, says Kennedy's will forever be the most memorialized.

She believes that's mainly because so many people were apart of it, and the news spread almost instantly. It took several days, even weeks, before the nation found out the Lincoln was dead.

President Kennedy's death was also caught on camera. But mostly, Forslund says that tragic day stuck with people because of his vibrant personality.

"People felt a lot of people felt a really strong connection to him, rightly or wrongly, but did and as a result felt much more impacted by his death than they would've with somebody like Lincoln who they didn't feel a connection to," said Forslund.
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