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This April 4, 1968, photo shows Martin Luther King Jr.’s neatly packed briefcase in his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. To mark the 45th anniversary of MLK’s assassination, LIFE.com has a gallery by Henry Groskinsky made just hours after the shooting. "I was documenting a momentous event," Groskinsky said, "and I thought that at any time I was going to be asked to leave, so I did what I could as quickly as I could."See more of Groskinsky’s photos here. (Credit: Henry Groskinsky—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

This April 4, 1968, photo shows Martin Luther King Jr.’s neatly packed briefcase in his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. To mark the 45th anniversary of MLK’s assassination, LIFE.com has a gallery by Henry Groskinsky made just hours after the shooting.

"I was documenting a momentous event," Groskinsky said, "and I thought that at any time I was going to be asked to leave, so I did what I could as quickly as I could."

See more of Groskinsky’s photos here.

(Credit: Henry Groskinsky—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)