Amid the lethal rampage of the San Diego synagogue taking pictures on Saturday, a health care provider ran to carry out CPR on a lady laying unconscious on the ground and fainted when he realized the sufferer was his spouse, based on witnesses.
Lori Kaye, 60, died from her accidents after a gunman opened fireplace when about 100 individuals had been worshipping on the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego. Three different individuals had been injured.
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Kaye was on the service together with her husband, Dr. Howard Kaye, and their 22-year-old daughter Hannah.
Based on Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, the household was there for a Jewish prayer for the lifeless, referred to as the “Kaddish” for her mom, who lately handed away.
Goldstein, a longtime buddy of Kaye’s, stated after the photographs had been fired, he walked into the synagogue’s foyer to seek out Kaye laying on the ground unconscious.”
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Dr. Roneet Lev instructed the San Diego Union-Tribune, that folks on the synagogue screamed for assist and referred to as on Kaye’s husband, a doctor, to attempt to save the victims.
The physician ran over and commenced making an attempt to resuscitate a lady laying on the ground till he realized it was his spouse. He then fainted, Lev stated.
“Her expensive husband, Dr. Howard Kaye, who’s like a brother to me, is making an attempt to resuscitate her,” Goldstein instructed reporters outdoors the synagogue. “And he faints and he’s laying there on the ground subsequent to his spouse. After which their daughter, Hannah, comes out screaming, ‘Daddy and mommy, what’s occurring?’”
“It’s probably the most heart-wrenching sight I might have seen. I used to be frozen in time,” the rabbi stated whereas choking again tears.
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Goldstein was additionally injured within the assault — his proper index finger was blown away by the gunman.
He stated he has talked with Kaye proper earlier than the taking pictures began.
A buddy of Kaye’s, Audrey Jacobs, stated on Fb that Kaye died whereas “taking the bullets,” making an attempt to avoid wasting the rabbi’s life.
“Right here we’re within the foyer, on one of many holiest days of the 12 months, the final day of Passover, smiling at one another, and I stroll into the banquet corridor to scrub my fingers. I stroll two, three, footsteps once I hear a loud ‘bang,’” he stated. “I believed Lori could have fell or the desk tipped over within the foyer.”
“I flip round and I see a sight that I — undescribable. Here’s a younger man standing with a rifle, pointing proper at me. My first concern was, ‘What’s with Lori? The place did that noise come from — what’s occurred to Lori?”
Goldstein stated Kaye was one of many synagogue’s founding members and was a deeply caring member of the neighborhood. When one congregant developed breast most cancers, Kaye drove her to each appointment and helped maintain her youngsters, Goldstein stated.
“On this horrific, horrible occasion that has occurred right here, in my very own interpretation, Lori took the bullet for all of us. She died to guard all of us. She didn’t should die. She’s such a sort, sweethearted, only a good human being. She doesn’t should die proper in entrance of my eyes,” he stated.
“That is her legacy. It might have been a lot worse. If the sequence of occasions didn’t occur the best way they occurred, it might have been a a lot worse bloodbath,” he stated.
— With recordsdata from the Related Press and Reuters
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