San Diego

Community Mourns Synagogue Shooting Victims, Holds Public Funeral for Woman Killed

Family members will be joined by friends and neighbors as they gather Monday to honor Lori Gilbert-Kaye, the woman shot and killed while attending Passover service at Chabad of Poway. 

Kaye was described by one friend as a pillar of San Diego's Jewish community. The 60-year-old was attending Saturday's service to pay tribute to her late mother with a traditional prayer for the dead when she was confronted by a gunman.

Kaye was standing in the lobby of the temple just before 11:30 a.m. when she stepped between Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and the 19-year-old San Diego man who fired several shots from what police described as a rifle. 

"In my own interpretation, Lori took the bullet for all of us," Goldstein said outside the synagogue a day after the deadly shooting. "She didn’t deserve to die right in front of my eyes."

"Lori died on Shabbat. Lori died on Passover. Lori died in a synagogue. And Lori died saving our Rabbi," the temple posted on a page honoring Kaye. 

NBC 7 plans to live stream the funeral service for Kaye in this link. Check back at 2 p.m. for our special coverage. 

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