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Biography Part 6 - Assassination Attempt

Garvey's activities aroused suspicion in influential circles, one such person was the Assistant District Attorney of New York, Edwin P. Kilroe. Kilroe arranged many meetings with Garvey and arranged an investigation of the U.N.I.A. but failed to find and evidence of crime. Marcus Garvey wrote about Kilroe's investigations in the Negro World and was subsequently arrested for criminal libel. After publishing a retraction the charges were dismissed. On 14 October 1919, a man named George Tyler visited Garvey at his office in Harlem, claiming to have been sent by Edwin Kilroe. Tyler pulled out a gun and shot Garvey in the right leg and head. Garvey sustained injuries but survived the attack. Tyler was arrested but is reported to have committed suicide the day after his arrest.

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