A Lyft driver whose wife works as Georgia’s first-ever human sex trafficking prosecutor was shot to death in his car while working in Atlanta early Wednesday morning, according to multiple reports.
Shahriar Zolfaghari, the 34-year-old husband of Georgia Assistant Attorney General Camila Wright, was found unconscious at the intersection of Rankin Street and Boulevard NE in northeast Atlanta around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
According to NBC affiliate 11Alive News, witnesses became suspicious when the light turned green at the intersection and Zolfaghari’s car did not move.
“They called 911 and 911 advised them to remove him from the vehicle to try to administer CPR. The gentleman that tried to do that tried to put his arms around the young man and realized he was bleeding,” Atlanta PD Major Adam Lee told Fox 5 News.
Soon after, Zolfaghari was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators believe the shooting happened either in the car or at close range, as they found one bullet casing inside Zolfaghari’s 2005 Toyota Corolla and another outside the door, WSB-TV 2 Atlanta reports.
Police have reportedly subpoenaed Zolfaghari’s Lyft records in order to find out if he had picked up a customer at the time of his shooting.
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“It’s a mystery as to why someone would harm him,” Major Lee told Fox 5. “We certainly need the citizens’ and community’s help with this and encourage them to call Crime Stoppers.”
Wright was appointed Georgia’s first-ever human sex trafficking prosecutor in 2014, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In her previous position overseeing the Fulton County Human Trafficking Unit, Wright reportedly convicted 19 traffickers, with two receiving life sentences.
“Shahriar was a wonderful husband and father and a gift from God. I am grateful for the hard work and support of law enforcement and I appreciate the support and prayers of family and friends,” Wright said in a statement to Fox 5.
Lyft also released a statement expressing sadness over Zolfaghari’s death: “Our heartfelt sentiments are with the family and loved ones of Shahriar Zolfaghari. Lyft has been working closely with law enforcement and will continue to assist in their investigation.”