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November 21, 2010 | STEVE LOPEZ
As a skinny teenage busboy, Juan Romero knelt beside a mortally wounded Bobby Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel. On Saturday morning, more than 42 years later, he knelt again, this time beside RFK's grave on what would have been Kennedy's 85th birthday. Romero was wearing a suit for the first time in his life, saying it was the proper way to show his respect for a man whose memory he has tried to honor by living a life of tolerance and humility. Getting up the courage to visit Arlington National Cemetery was not easy for Romero, a construction worker from San Jose who has been haunted for decades by the events of June 5, 1968.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2010 | STEVE LOPEZ
As a skinny teenage busboy, Juan Romero knelt beside a mortally wounded Bobby Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel. On Saturday morning, more than 42 years later, he knelt again, this time beside RFK's grave on what would have been Kennedy's 85th birthday. Romero was wearing a suit for the first time in his life, saying it was the proper way to show his respect for a man whose memory he has tried to honor by living a life of tolerance and humility. Getting up the courage to visit Arlington National Cemetery was not easy for Romero, a construction worker from San Jose who has been haunted for decades by the events of June 5, 1968.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1990 | TONY MARCANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The brother of an auto shop owner killed by a disgruntled employee surrendered to police for questioning Friday, two days after he fatally shot his brother's murderer and fled, police said. Juan Alonso Romero, 22, the brother of slain shop owner Alfonso Alonso Romero, had been sought for questioning since Wednesday when he shot the employee shortly after the man killed his brother. He was released after questioning and is not expected to be charged, said Police Lt. Earl Porter.
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January 13, 1990 | TONY MARCANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The brother of an auto shop owner killed by a disgruntled employee surrendered to police for questioning Friday, two days after he fatally shot his brother's murderer and fled, police said. Juan Alonso Romero, 22, the brother of slain shop owner Alfonso Alonso Romero, had been sought for questioning since Wednesday when he shot the employee shortly after the man killed his brother. He was released after questioning and is not expected to be charged, said Police Lt. Earl Porter.
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June 6, 1988 | PAUL CIOTTI, Times Staff Writer
When Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot in a kitchen corridor of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles 20 years ago, a 17-year-old busboy crouched on the floor beside him, held his head in his hands and pressed a crucifix in his palm. The next day, the busboy's picture was flashed around the world, and Juan Romero became instantly famous. The attention stunned him. "I felt stupid," he recalls.
NEWS
June 2, 1989
Juan Romero, an art dealer and importer who owned the homes in which silent screen idol Rudolph Valentino lived and mobster Benjamin (Bugsie) Siegel was slain, died Tuesday in a Burbank hospital of the complications of age. He was 86. Romero, who donated many of Valentino's books and objets d'art to area museums after he took over the mountaintop Falcon Lair in the 1930s, was a well-known local figure for many years. In the 1940s, he owned a Moorish-style home in Beverly Hills, which he eventually rented to Virginia Hill, Siegel's girlfriend.
NEWS
January 11, 1990 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An auto repair shop owner shot Monday by a fired employee died today, bringing to three the number of people fatally injured in a daylight gun battle, police said. His wife's condition was upgraded to stable. Police said they have identified the dead owner's brother, Juan Alonso Romero, 22, as the one who apparently killed the man believed to have started the shooting. The brother is wanted for questioning. The shootings occurred Monday about 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man confined to a wheelchair after he was wounded in a gang shooting was convicted Wednesday of a street robbery, a third strike that could send him to prison for life. Juan Romero Robles was convicted of stealing a woman's driver's license and threatening her at a bus stop in La Puente in December. He used a toy gun. Because Robles was convicted of robbery, assault and drug crimes three times between 1988 and 1992, his case falls under California's three-strikes law.
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June 16, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A man left paralyzed by a gang shooting was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a street robbery he committed while confined to a wheelchair. Juan Romero Robles was convicted in March of stealing a woman's driver's license and threatening her at a La Puente bus stop in December. He used a toy gun. Superior Court Judge Monica Bachner imposed the sentence of 40 years to life, without parole, because Robles' case came under California's three-strikes law.
NEWS
June 17, 1988
I was amazed to read Paul Ciotti's June 6 article in View, "Breaking His Silence" regarding Juan Romero, who tended to Robert F. Kennedy immediately after he was shot 20 years ago. It really struck, as well as moved, me. The last several days as this sad anniversary has neared, I have often wondered what ever became of that young busboy, forever frozen in the memory of that photograph of the slain Kennedy. I wondered why he had received no post-assassination publicity. Was he still alive?
NEWS
June 2, 1989
Juan Romero, an art dealer and importer who owned the homes in which silent screen idol Rudolph Valentino lived and mobster Benjamin (Bugsie) Siegel was slain, died Tuesday in a Burbank hospital of the complications of age. He was 86. Romero, who donated many of Valentino's books and objets d'art to area museums after he took over the mountaintop Falcon Lair in the 1930s, was a well-known local figure for many years. In the 1940s, he owned a Moorish-style home in Beverly Hills, which he eventually rented to Virginia Hill, Siegel's girlfriend.
NEWS
June 6, 1988 | PAUL CIOTTI, Times Staff Writer
When Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot in a kitchen corridor of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles 20 years ago, a 17-year-old busboy crouched on the floor beside him, held his head in his hands and pressed a crucifix in his palm. The next day, the busboy's picture was flashed around the world, and Juan Romero became instantly famous. The attention stunned him. "I felt stupid," he recalls.
WORLD
June 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A lake in southern Chile has mysteriously disappeared. The lake in the Magallanes region in Patagonia had a surface area of about 10 acres and was fed mostly by water from melting glaciers. Juan Jose Romero, regional director of Chile's National Forestry Corp., said, "The only things left were chunks of ice on the dry lakebed and an enormous fissure."
BOOKS
June 6, 1993 | Joel Reynolds
Robert Kennedy: The Last Campaign, photographs by Bill Eppridge, text by Hays Gorey, with a foreword by President Bill Clinton. (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: $35; 131 pp.). Some of us have never recovered from Robert Kennedy's last campaign 25 years ago. The sense of loss grows deeper as time passes, as the distance increases between where we might have gone and where we are today.
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