Rafer Johnson helped something special grow from tragedy

Rafer Johnson helped something special grow from tragedy

In the days immediately after his friend and mentor Robert F. Kennedy was murdered before his eyes, Rafer Johnson did the only thing that made sense at the time. “I built a six-foot fence around my property,” he said. Trapped to the rest of the…

Rafer Johnson, UCLA legend and Olympic decathlon champion, dies at 86

Rafer Johnson, UCLA legend and Olympic decathlon champion, dies at 86

LOS ANGELES – Rafer Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert F. Kennedy’s hit man in 1968, died Wednesday. He was 86. He died at his home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to family…

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