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Oswald's 2nd victim honored in Dallas

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By The Los Angeles Times
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 9:12 p.m.

DALLAS — He was Lee Harvey Oswald's second victim that day in 1963, and as Americans marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many paused this past week to reflect on the life, and sacrifice, of J.D. Tippit.

Tippit was a 39-year-old Dallas police officer when he was gunned down by Oswald as the assassin fled in the city's Oak Cliff neighborhood.

Dallas police gathered with Tippit's friends and family to honor him at a candlelight vigil at the Dallas Police Association late Friday. When the officer's widow, Marie Tippit, entered the room, the crowd of several hundred stood.

Tippit, 85, arrived carrying a bouquet of red roses. She had attended the city's official commemoration in Dealey Plaza earlier in the day, an event attended by thousands. Although the evening crowd was much smaller, she sat beaming at the front of the room beside a portrait of her late husband.

She talked about what a good father Tippit had been to their three children. Now a great-grandmother, she said she appreciates the community's support and prayers for her family. Another ceremony honoring Tippit was held Friday at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington.

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