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Asst. AG Camila Wright on husband's death: 'We are broken'

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MABLETON, GA (CBS46) -

Georgia Assistant Attorney General Camila Wright held a news conference at her home in Mableton Friday morning, speaking publicly for the first time since the death of her husband, who was killed while working as a Lyft driver in Atlanta.

Shariar Zolfaghari, 34, was shot in the chest early Wednesday morning while sitting inside his car, waiting for a traffic light at the intersection of Rankin Street and Boulevard NE near downtown Atlanta. According to police, he was working as a Lyft driver in the city. 

Pedestrians found Zolfaghari after noticing he hadn't proceeded through the intersection once the traffic light turned green. The pedestrians called 911 and he was rushed to Atlanta Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Wife speaks out from Mabelton

"We are broken," Wright said during the news conference. "Three years ago, I met the love of my life and we were married nine months later. His goal was to provide for his family and that's why he began driving for Lyft at night. He wanted to be home with his daughter during the day. He was so generous. This is not right."

Wright's brother Ryan also spoke during the press conference. He reiterated that the family is completely lost because of Zolfaghari's senseless death.

"We are devastated," said Ryan Wright. "The worst things sometimes happen to the best people."

Atlanta Police Major Adam Lee said there were no signs of robbery and Zolfaghari had been shot at close range. No drugs or alcohol were found inside the vehicle.

There are no suspects in custody.

On Friday, Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible. Crime Stoppers also is offering another $35,000 reward.

Zolfaghari leaves behind his 1 year-old daughter Zoya.

Attorney General Sam Olens released this statement regarding the case:

“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.”

Spokesperson for Lyft, Alexandra LaManna issued this statement regarding the killing of Zolfaghari:

"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."

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