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Saturday, December 21, 2013

4 Arrested in Murder of Jewish Lawyer Dustin Friedland at New Jersey Mall

Four men have been arrested over the death of a lawyer shot in front of his wife during a carjacking outside a New Jersey mall last week, authorities said on Saturday.

The suspects in the fatal carjacking on Sunday last week, in which Dustin Friedland was killed at The Mall, Short Hills, were arrested in a series of raids overnight.

Three of the men were arrested in their homes in New Jersey and the fourth was arrested in a Pennsylvania hotel, between 9pm on Friday and 3am Saturday.

The suspects were identified as Hanif Thompson, 29, Karif Ford, 31, Basim Henry, 32, and Kevin Roberts, 33.

Police have not released details of who fired the fatal shot, and said the firearm has not yet been recovered.

The men have been charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose..

Henry, who was arrested in Pennsylvania, faces a charge of unlawful flight, and all four are being held on $2 million bail each.

Police claimed the four men arrived in a Suburban and, after shooting Mr Friedland two drove away in his Range Rover and two left in the original car.

Mr Friedland, a 30-year-old lawyer from Hoboken, was shot in the head in the mall parking garage after being confronted by two of the carjackers.

It is believed that he had refused to hand over his keys, but police said Saturday they believe it was his car, and not the victim, who was the target of the attack.

The assailants drove off in his silver Range Rover, which was found the next morning in Newark, about 10 miles from Short Hills.

The shooting took place as Mr Friedland and his wife, Jamie Schare Friedland, were ending a shopping trip. Mourners at his funeral on Wednesday said he had just opened the door of his SUV for his wife when he was shot.

At his funeral, his 27-year-widow said: ‘Dustin was the most chivalrous person. He would run to make sure he opened for car door for me. There wasn’t a bag anyone ever carried that Dustin didn’t help with.’

'He wasn't here [with us] long enough, but he did so much while he was,' she said. 'I was lucky to be with him for his forever.'

The couple met while studying at Syracuse University. Mr Friedland gained a law degree and worked as a project manager for his family's heat and air conditioning company.

They married in 2011 and had dreamed of starting a family together.

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