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Lincoln woman saw JFK minutes before shooting

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By: Jenn Hatcher
jhatcher@klkntv.com

November 22, 1963.

A Dallas mother takes seven of her kids to see the president and his stylish wife, as they ride in a convertible in a parade through the Texas city.

Little did the mother know they'd be some of the last to see John F. Kennedy alive.

That's the story Lincoln realtor Joanne McCoy tells of her family that day.

"Everyone was so excited to see this young vibrant president," says McCoy.

Even at the young age of four, McCoy remembers sitting on her brothers shoulders, waving as the Cadillac cruised by.

"My sister yelled 'hi Jackie" and Jackie Kennedy turned and looked at our group and we were all excited," explains McCoy.

Just minutes later Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald and the sound of sirens filled the air.

"My brother says that he thinks he heard Jackie screaming over the noise of the sirens," says McCoy.

The now Lincoln resident admits she doesn't have a clear memory, but knowing she saw the president in his final moments always weighed on her.

This week, she shared her story social media and she's learning she wasn't the only one to carry the burden. 

"We did feel either responsible or ashamed or guilt or just sorry, sorry that it had to happen in our city," says McCoy.

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