A relative of the New Jersey attorney who died Sunday when thieves shot and carjacked him at a shopping mall says he wants the perpetrators to die for the "selfishness of their crime."
"What do I want? I want the punks responsible to pay," said Dr. Mark Schare, the uncle of Dustin Friedland. "I want them to die. I want them to get what they gave."
Schare's sharp-worded statement was aimed at assailants who approached Friedland, 30, and his wife, Jamie, in a parking garage Sunday night at Short Hills Mall, where the couple had been Christmas shopping. They shot Friedland, ordered his wife out of the couple's Range Rover and took off in the vehicle, according to The Associated Press.
Jamie Friedland was unharmed in the attack. The couple had recently purchased a home in nearby Hoboken and were both practicing attorneys.
“”'I don't want to hear about how difficult they had it growing up.'
Schare said he is not interested in hearing arguments for compassion for the killers.
"I don't want to hear about gun laws, that dilutes this atrocity," according to his statement. "I don't want to hear about how difficult they had it growing up, that dilutes the selfishness of their crime. And I don't want to hear how we need to show them compassion, that dilutes the fact that they committed MURDER.
"Murder that PERMANENTLY ended the life of my nephew, a sweet, soft, loving, giving, smart and talented Individual. Murder that has devastated my niece, made her a widow, and murder that has PERMANENTLY scarred my family," Schare added.
The stolen vehicle was found Monday in an alley in Newark, N.J., about 10 miles from the mall. Police are still searching for the assailants.
"I'm just worn out," Schare said. "This day was one of the most difficult days of my life. So totally senseless. So totally devastating. So very sad. I'm not mad, I'm numb. Maybe in a few days, weeks or months, I'll get mad."