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Funeral Set for Carjacking Victim Shot Leaving Mall With Wife

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    Family, friends and co-workers are mourning the death of Dustin Friedland, a Hoboken lawyer shot and killed in a carjacking outside a shopping mall Sunday. They say Friedland has a contagious smile, a bright future and dreams of being a dad. Jen Maxfield reports

    A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday for the 30-year-old lawyer fatally shot in a carjacking as he left an upscale New Jersey mall after shopping with his wife.

    Services for Dustin Friedland will be held at 11 a.m. at Beth Am Shalom in Lakewood.  

    The Hoboken attorney was shot in the head Sunday night as he and his wife returned to their silver 2012 Range Rover, which was parked on the third level of the deck near Nordstrom.

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    Police say two men approached Friedland and opened fire as he was getting into the driver's side after opening the passenger side door for his wife. They then jumped into the car and sped off, possibly down Route 24. 

    Friedland was pronounced dead at the hospital. His wife was not hurt.

    The stolen Range Rover was recovered Monday morning, abandoned in Newark about 15 miles away from the mall, but police are still looking for the suspects.

    Mall officials said they were working with local police in the investigation. 

    Friedland, a patent lawyer who graduated from Syracuse Law School, grew up in Toms River, according to friends. He graduated in 2002 from Toms River North High School, where he was an accomplished swimmer, rower and Eagle Scout.

    His former co-workers at Lerner David in Westfield said he was universally liked, calling him "the most charming, delightful guy." 

    "The staff loves him. They were in tears and some of them still are," said law partner Bruce Sales. "It's disbelief." 

    Friedland's former neighbors in Hoboken, where he'd lived with his younger brother before marrying his wife, Jamie, recalled the "wonderful young man who had his whole life ahead of him," according to Joe Auriemma. 

    "It can happen to anyone and that is the worst part of it all," said former neighbor Ryan Florez. 

    Friedland met his wife at Syracuse Law School and they married two years ago. 

    Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the prosecutor's office at (877) 847-7432.

    Brian Thompson and Jen Maxfield contributed to this report.