An attempt to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. In Spokane, Washington on Monday was averted by the keen eyes of parade workers. The workers noticed a suspicious package along the parade route. “This was a tremendous bit of good fortune,” said parade organizer, J. E. Ray. “It could have been catastrophic had the parade started and anything would have happened to Dr. King here in Spokane,” he added. The parade was rerouted while police investigate.