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Street renamed after Chabad of Poway shooting victim

Posted at 11:55 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-31 18:46:13-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The City of Poway Friday honored the memory of Lori Lynn Gilbert-Kaye, who was killed last April in a shooting at a local synagogue, by renaming a street after her.

Many gathered Friday for the unveiling of Lori Lynn Lane (formerly Eva Drive). It's located in the Green Valley Neighborhood, off Stone Canyon Drive. Lori Kaye lived at that intersection.

“To be able to dedicate this street to her memory means a lot to us in Poway,” says Poway Mayor Steve Vaus.

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Neighbors and friends came together and petitioned for the change. Vaus says it's rare for the city to rename a street after someone. The last one dates back to the 1980s.

But Vaus says the city had no hesitation with this renaming. The Poway City Council unanimously approved the honor in November.

Gilbert-Kaye lost her life in that tragic synagogue shooting back in April. Many say she was a light in this community.

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“It’s so appropriate that we do this on the cusp of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights, and Lori was a bright and shining light,” says Vaus. “I think the one word that people would use to describe her, she was a giver.”

Vaus says as they are a few months away from the first anniversary of the shooting, the City of Poway will continue to stand strong, and lift up Gilbert-Kaye’s family.

The trial date for the man accused of opening fire in the Chabad of Poway has been set for June.