File - Karami said he trusted the Lebanese Army for his security. (The Daily Star/HO)
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On the evening of May 31, 1987, Rashid Karami went to visit the cemetery where his family members were buried.This prompted Abdel-Hamid to ask relatives to help him overcome his son's shyness, but Abdel-Hamid nonetheless never wanted his sons to get into politics – until he fell ill.By his deathbed constantly until Abdel-Hamid died in 1950, Karami seemed destined to take over his father's mantle. The longest of these stints, from April 1984 to June 1987, was during one of the most difficult stages of the Civil War.He bore the trials and tribulations of wartime politics stoically, but in the week before he was assassinated, Karami's behavior grew peculiar, according to his family. On May 31, after staying the night, Karami stopped in the Zghorta town of Maryata to check on a garden his family owned, and then visited his elderly nanny, Ammoun Srour, to make sure she had her medicine.The rest of the day consisted of meeting with delegations and officials, and that evening his family said Karami's weariness was visible. At 11:30 p.m., Maen accompanied Karami to his car.That night, Karami toured Tripoli's ancient souks, ending his midnight trip cloaked in darkness at the family cemetery, the last in a series of details that the family feels suggested Karami was somehow aware of his awful fate.
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