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JFK assassination witnesses recall shooting

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An estimated 150,000 people came out to see former President Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22nd 1963, but no one was closer to him when he was shot than the Newman family.

Photographers captured then 22-year-old Gayle and Bill Newman, who were on a sidewalk when the shots were fired, diving on the grass immediately afterward and covering their sons, then 4 and 2.

At the Sixth Floor Museum, Gayle and Bill and their now grown sons recently recalled the shooting.

"The first two shots I didn't even recognize as gunfire," said Bill, who was just feet away when the third was fired.

"It was just terrifying to see," said Gayle.

Within the hour, still in shock, they would tell their story on local television. Film and still photographs of Gayle and Bill on the grass are among the most poignant images from that day.

"I was afraid we might get in a crossfire," said Gayle. "I was scared to death for my children. I was scared to death for Bill."

The event at the museum marked the first time in 50 years that the entire family was interviewed together.

The twist of fate that put the Newmans at Dealey Plaza that day ensures that history will continue to call each November.

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