Sunday Times

King and Baloi both gunned down at 39


April 4 1968 — American civil rights leader and Baptist minister Martin Luther King jnr, 39, is assassinat­ed while standing on a second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confesses (but later tries to recant), pleads guilty in March 1969 and receives a 98-year sentence. King was born Michael King jnr in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15 1929. He became known for his public-speaking ability in high school. He fought for civil rights through nonviolenc­e and civil disobedien­ce, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi, and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

April 4 2004 — Gito Baloi, 39, one of the most respected guitarists from Southern Africa, is shot dead in Johannesbu­rg while on his way home after a concert in Pretoria. He is shot three times through the window of his car by two robbers while dropping off a friend in Nugget Street. Felix Garcao do Rosario Serafim Bernardo Baloi was born in Matola, Mozambique, on September 30 1964. The budding musician left home as a teenager and, on foot, headed for SA with a few friends to avoid being forced to fight in the civil war. He is remembered as a member of the Tananas, and for his albums as vocalist and bassist: “Ekhaya” (1995), “Na Ku Randza” (1997), “Herbs & Roots” (2003) and the posthumous­ly released “Beyond” (2008).

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