Marin County officials unanimously voted Tuesday to rename the Gunshot Fire Road west of Fairfax, where a man was shot and killed in October.
The vote comes from the Marin County Open Space District’s Board of Directors after the county's Parks and Open Space Commission voted earlier this year to make the change.
Yoga instructor Steve Carter, 67, had been walking his dog near the fire road off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve when he was killed last fall. Investigators have since linked Carter’s death to a murder at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park the previous weekend.
Max Korten, with the Marin County Open Space District, said many community members indicated that the name “Gunshot Fire Road” had become a painful reminder of the tragedy.
Parks staff received several nominations for the change, but decided to move forward with “Sunrise Fire Road” — a name they said recognizes Carter “in its connotation of new beginnings, hope and light.”