Fifteen years ago today Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was gunned down by a right wing extremist while attending a peace rally in Tel-Aviv, moments after joining in singing A Song To Peace to the assembled crowd. Within minutes of his death, news flashed all over the world that the gunman, Yigal Amir, was a right-wing extremist, frustrated by the direction the Arab-Israeli peace talks were going and acted alone in his killing of the Prime Minister. However, as with all assassinations, conspiracy theories persist and some say Amir acted on orders of Rabin's successor, Shimon Peres who felt Rabin was selling Israel out.
Regardless of what the real story is, Yitzhak Rabin was dead, the world mourned and the peace process got set back several years.
Fifteen years ago tonight.
Here's the first few announcements of the death of Rabin and reports from the scene via NPR and CNN.
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