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Iraq Vet Rushed Synagogue Shooter

Woman killed in attack tried to protect rabbi
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2019 6:13 AM CDT
Updated Apr 29, 2019 6:59 AM CDT
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein speaks during a candlelight vigil held for victims of the Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Poway, Calif.   (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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(Newser) – Lori Kaye, the woman killed in Saturday's attack on a California synagogue, died a hero, witnesses say. When the gunman opened fire, the 60-year-old jumped in front of Yisroel Goldstein, the Poway synagogue's founding rabbi, witnesses say. Family friend Roneet Lev tells the San Diego Union-Tribune that Kaye's husband, a doctor, was in the synagogue at the time of the shooting and rushed to help wounded victims. Lev says that the husband began to perform CPR on his wife, but fainted when he realized who she was. Three other people were injured in the attack on the synagogue around 25 miles north of San Diego. In other coverage:

  • "An angel." "She didn't die a senseless death," Lev tells CNN. "She died advertising the problem we have with anti-Semitism and to bring good to this world ... If God put an angel on this planet, it would have been Lori." He says Kaye had gone to the synagogue to say Kaddish for her mother, who recently died, and "the irony is people will be saying it for her now."

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