Husband of Georgia assistant attorney general found dead

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ATLANTA - The husband of Georgia’s assistant attorney general was shot to death early Wednesday morning.

Shahriar Zolfaghari, 34, was found inside his car at the intersection of Rankin Street and Boulevard NE around 1 a.m.

Zolfaghari was sitting at the stoplight, but when the light turned green and his car didn’t move. The driver behind him got out to check on him, saw blood and realized Zolfaghari had been shot.

Shahriar Zolfaghari, his wife, Assistant Attorney General Camila Wright, and their young child
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Police say Zolfaghari was a Lyft driver and they are trying to determine if he picked up a fare prior to the shooting.

He was shot twice, according to officers. Crime scene investigators found one shell casing inside the car and a second outside the car.

“Looks like someone must have been in the vehicle with him or shot him at close range. We do have some ballistic evidence both inside the car and outside the car,” said Atlanta Police Maj. Adam Lee.

Shahriar Zolfaghari, 36, was found inside his car at the intersection of Rankin Street and Boulevard NE around 1 a.m.
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Zolfaghari was rushed to the hospital, where he died during surgery.

Zolfaghari was married to Assistant Attorney General Camila Wright. Attorney General Sam Olens appointed Wright to be the state’s first human sex-trafficking prosecutor in 2014.

The couple has a young child.

“He was a wonderful father. He was a wonderful husband and this is very tragic,” a family spokesperson said. “(Camila) is grateful for the hard work and support of law enforcement and appreciates the support and prayers of all her family and friends.”

Olens released a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying, "We at the Attorney General’s office are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Camila’s husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family."

Lyft’s spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna also released a statement, saying, “Our heartfelt sympathies are with the family and loved ones of Shahriar Zolfaghari. Lyft has been working closely with law enforcement and will continue to assist their investigation."

No one has been arrested in his death and the investigation is still ongoing. A reward of $35,000 is being offered in the case.

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