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November 3, 2019 10:41 am

City of Poway, Calif., Set to Rename Street in Memory of Chabad Shooting Victim

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A casket carrying the body of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, the sole fatality of Saturday’s synagogue shooting at the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, is carried at El Camino Memorial cemetery in San Diego, California, April 29, 2019. Photo: Reuters / John Gastaldo. – The city council in Poway, Calif., will consider a proposal on Nov. 5 to change the name of a short street in memory of Lori Lynn Gilbert-Kaye, the only fatality in the shooting earlier this year at Chabad of Poway.

Under the proposal, Eva Drive would become Lori Lynn Lane. It is located near where the 60-year-old congregant lived with her husband, Dr. Howard Kaye, about a mile from the synagogue.

Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said that people associated with Chabad approached the city to propose the street-name change.

“They did all the groundwork, and our team got the obstacles out of the way,” he said. “It should have unanimous and enthusiastic support.”

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Earnest has pleaded not guilty to state and federal charges, including 113 federal hate crime-related counts.

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