UPDATE: Short Hills Mall Carjacking Victim Was Toms River Native, TR North Grad

Dustin Friedland, 30, was shot and killed in parking garage, his SUV was recovered Monday in Newark.

Dustin and Jamie Friedland (Facebook photo)
Dustin and Jamie Friedland (Facebook photo)
The man shot and killed during a carjacking outside The Mall at Short Hills Sunday night was a Toms River native, according to friends and his Facebook page.

Dustin Friedland, 30, was shot in the head when he and his wife returned to their SUV shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Friedland was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. Sunday at Morristown Medical Center. His wife was not injured but also transported to the hospital, the prosecutor's office said.

His Facebook page said he was a graduate of Toms River North High School and a 2006 graduate of Bucknell University.

Nick Malfitano, a Patch writer who was Friedland's classmate at Toms River North, said Friedland was "a good man and a great classmate of mine at Toms River North who made life better for everyone around him."

He said he was "intelligent, funny and always ready with a smile and a laugh."

Edward Keller, principal of Toms River North, was not principal when Friedland attended, but he noted he was an avid swimmer and rower.

"We’re all, of course, shocked and saddened by what happened," he said. "When we found out it was one of our alumni, it really hit home.

He said people speak highly of him, and say he was "a great kid, the kind of kid who really went with the flow."

The Asbury Park Press reported that in 1999, Friedland was named Eagle Scout for Troop 29 in Toms River and in 2002, the 19-year-old Friedland posed as George Washington for an America’s Day celebration at the Pine Beach Elementary School.

He competed in the N.J. Rowing Championship in 2001, and as a swimmer, placed third in the Toms River North-Brick Memorial 500-yard freestyle meet in 2000, according to Press files, as reported Monday.

The thieves fled the scene in the couple's silver Range Rover, which was recovered Monday morning on the 200 block of Renner Avenue in Newark, the prosecutor's office said.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. 

The Essex County Crime Stopper's Program is offering a $10,000 reward for any information on the case, according to the prosecutor's office.

If anyone has any information or tips on the incident, call the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force line at 1-877-847-7432. 
pat December 16, 2013 at 01:30 PM
To the family, I am sooo sooooo sorry this has happened. Needless and senseless . And to his wife , may God comfort you in this awful time you are going thru
JOHN DILLMAR December 16, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Yes a needless event.. Why not just take the car? Well I hope when they catch these people the court gives them the max!!!!!!!!!!!
Frank Valgenti December 16, 2013 at 01:55 PM
person(s) responsible should be put down as quick as rabid animal
Watch Dog December 16, 2013 at 02:04 PM
When is enough, enough! People need to be more vocal with their concerns. Notice I said vocal not physical. There is a common theme to the headlines. If it is clear to the public, why aren't those in charge addressing it.
Jim December 16, 2013 at 02:06 PM
This is the first simple concise story on this tragedy that I have read today. Thank you, Melinda. The Star Ledger and the Daily News had the nerve to post the license plate # of this stolen car and now Hoboken police were needed to keep the media away from the widow's home. Such a sad story & now the above papers have unleashed the media pariah on the wife.
rich December 16, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Jim Jupiter December 16, 2013 at 02:34 PM
i hate society.... so many animals
Sandee Faasse Russo December 16, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Sad and senseless. Everyone I ran into today asked the same question: why shoot him in the head? If they were afraid he'd fight back shoot him in the arm or leg rendering him defenseless. They did not have to kill him. It says his wife was not harmed but she was both mentally and emotionally. Although their son/husband/sibling is gone I hope they find the people who did this and get some kind of answers.
Blondie December 16, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Prayers for his family...
George Chin December 16, 2013 at 04:45 PM
We need to bring back the electric chair not lethal injection that's too humane for these animals!!! My apologies for insulting real animals.
rich December 16, 2013 at 04:51 PM
This is going to play like this -the poor youth had a horrible childhood society let them down. They fell thru the cracks. There socio-economic situation handicapped them, it was inevietable. The bleeding heart libs will flip it and blame the victim.
Ralph Spagnola December 16, 2013 at 05:07 PM
when is enough enough how bout letting us defend our selfs. if one is a good citizen no criminal offenses no mental problems and takes certified gun classes he or she should have the right to carry a gun.
WMS826 December 16, 2013 at 05:54 PM
No need for George Zimmerman to have been afraid for his life. If we outlawed guns these people would stop hurting us...yea right!
Jim December 16, 2013 at 08:11 PM
We need concealed carry laws now! Pass the castle law now! I'm sick of hearing about good people dying due to these savages.
KC December 16, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Yes, Mr. Farrell. I fear you are exactly right. In my head I have a profile that the perpetrators were inner city youths. It will be interesting to see if these thugs fit the profile. What a damn shame that these innocent people were so robbed of a human life. Senseless.
KC December 17, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Yah, just read they found the car in Newark. This just confirms it for me. Time will tell. Newark's poor misunderstood youths have been stealing cars from neighbouring communities for decades now. They add murder to the menu to play out the thug life they so admire.
Cindy Williams December 17, 2013 at 12:37 AM
I am not a racist, I have a child who is of mixed race but I am tired of constantly seeing in the news how respectable citizens are being killed, raped, and assaulted by this kind of trash who has absolutely nothing to offer to society. They probably rode around in this mans Range Rover for all their friends to see. Nothing is ever going to solve this problem except putting these people in cages where they belong. I wish we could start a fund and send any one who commits a major crime back to their country of origin. These so called thugs wouldn't last a week. The crimes in Africa make the worst US city look like DisneyWorld
none of yobusiness December 17, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Why no description of the perps? Im guessing there my be video also given this occurred at Short Hills mall. These perps shoot husband in head but leave a witness. Instantly reminds me of a famous South Jersey murder. One can only hope these scumbags drove around Newark showing off their ride because then someone knows who they are. Then when they get busted for something they make a deal. That dont snitch shit only applies when they have nothing to deal with.
P B December 17, 2013 at 08:13 AM
I am so upset over this. Another great man and productive member of society. MURDERED!! When are we going to hold these apes accountable? When will someone of their own race step up and call them out on this? Never. Let's see if this makes national headlines... Not with one in office! What are they 10% of the American population and 90% of the crime and poverty. Something drastic has to be done NOW. Time to get out the whoopin sticks boys.
Kitchen Craftsman December 17, 2013 at 08:31 AM
I want to know one thing were is Al Shapton and his boys now ! They found the suv in Newark. This poor women and there family completely senseless killing. For a joy ride ANIMALS call them what you want I know what they are !!!!
Ryan Meyers December 17, 2013 at 09:57 AM
I wonder if the murders could have looked like our President, if he had a son ? That's the difference with us....a white kills anyone... we demand justice ! Then you have the OJ & Trevon crowd.
Cindy Williams December 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Kitchen- Al Sharpton don't care! What about when that white baby was shot in the face in his stroller by two thugs last year because the poor mom had no money to give them, and then when you look at these thugs friends FB pages none of them have a problem with whites being killed let alone babies. I have black friends who are highly educated and add something to this world, these animals though we shouldn't even waste tax payer $ on caging them just give them a one way ticket back to Africa. I also love how they claim they were kings and queens over there and we stole them. They need to take a real history lesson they were slaves there and sold by their kings. Sometimes I'm embarrassed my child is black
read bull December 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Bomb the entire city of newark. kill all the scum.
Parent December 20, 2013 at 06:59 AM
This would have been a world news event if colors were reversed. The media is selective in what they want to cover, this was old news 10 min. after it happened. Very sad


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