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UPDATE: Toms River Native, TR North Grad Meets Sad End In Short Hills Carjacking

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. 
Bricktown Lew December 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Dumb!!! What was this guy thinking? If he fights them off that they will go away? Well, he paid the ultimate price for his SUV. Nothing is worth risking or giving your life for a material possession.
Erich Pierce December 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Maybe if NJ had a CCW permits and he was carrying and trained with his weapon, it's a good chance the carjackers would be the one's in a pine box!!
Lisa Scalley December 17, 2013 at 10:11 AM
How the hell do you know?? Were you there?? Criminals kill ppl all the time without provocation. This poor guy lost his life and you are repremanding him for something you don't even know happened!! Wow get a life loser!! Have some respect for the dead and some compassion for his widow.
read bull December 17, 2013 at 10:17 AM
this is truly tragic. Why did they have to kill him?? couldn't they just take the damn truck and leave?? there was NO REASON to kill this poor soul!!! My condolences go out to his family.
Bricktown Lew December 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Read Bull, according to the reports I've read, he tried fighting them off. I was from that area up north. When you have an mall near Newark, JC, Irvington, and the Oranges, they are not going to run away if you try to fight them. They will shoot...and shoot they did.
Kitchen Craftsman December 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Were is Al Sharpton and his boys now. I hope when they find them and they will because you can't be to smart to car jack someone and drive the car back to your neighborhood they shoot there ass ! Then there grandma or aunt will show you pictures when they were little boys. But most of all my sorrow goes out to wife and family
Bookcop December 17, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Wait...he is shot dead but she was not injured? Where have I heard this story before?

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