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Boy who witnessed JFK assassination recalls the day

By CNN Staff
updated 9:38 AM EST, Thu November 21, 2013
President John F. Kennedy greets supporters during his visit to Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, November 22, 1963. This year marks 51 years since his assassination in Dallas, an event that jarred the nation and fueled a multitude of conspiracy theories about whether Kennedy was killed by a single gunman acting alone in the Texas School Book Depository. Here are some images from that fateful day as it unfolded. President John F. Kennedy greets supporters during his visit to Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, November 22, 1963. This year marks 51 years since his assassination in Dallas, an event that jarred the nation and fueled a multitude of conspiracy theories about whether Kennedy was killed by a single gunman acting alone in the Texas School Book Depository. Here are some images from that fateful day as it unfolded.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jeff Franzen was just 6 years old when he saw John F. Kennedy shot
  • He thought the popping sounds were firecrackers
  • Franzen speaks two days before the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination

Watch "The Assassination of President Kennedy" on CNN TV Thursday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 22 at 10p.

(CNN) -- Jeff Franzen was just 6 when he saw John F. Kennedy shot. Nearly 50 years later, he recalled that fateful day.

His family had gone to downtown Dallas to shop. They set up in a park near the end of the parade.

When the shooting started, Franzen thought the popping sounds were firecrackers.

"Unfortunately, the shot that killed the president, it looked like confetti just coming out of the car, and you just assumed that's what it was," he told CNN's "Piers Morgan Live."

Franzen spoke Wednesday night, just two days before the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.

The former president was fatally shot in Dallas on November 22, 1963, while traveling in a motorcade with his wife.

"Fortunately, because I was so young, I think I couldn't even begin to comprehend that somebody was being killed in front of me," Franzen said.

"It's more of an interesting tidbit of history that I just happened to be there."

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