- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Detectives are searching for clues in the ride-booking records of a slain Lyft driver who was married to a state prosecutor, Atlanta police said.

Shahriar Zolfaghari, 34, was shot in the upper torso and found dead inside his car at a stoplight in northeast Atlanta around 1 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

He was married to Camila Wright, a Georgia assistant attorney general who focuses on human trafficking cases.

Investigators are trying to determine whether he’d picked up a passenger just before the killing, and whether he had any other rides scheduled in the area, Atlanta police Maj. Adam Lee III said at a news conference.

A witness approached the car when it didn’t move ahead on a green light at the intersection, police said. That person then noticed blood in the vehicle, and police were called around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

“It’s a mystery as to why someone would harm him,” Lee said, adding that there was no indication that robbery led to the death. The driver still had his ID and credit cards with him, and his car was not stolen.

Police subpoenaed records from Lyft, which the company promptly turned over, Lee said. Investigators were searching those records for customer names and other details that might lead to a killer.

Based on the location of two shell casings found at the scene, investigators believe the shooter “may have been inside the car with him at some point,” Lee said.

“Our heartfelt sympathies are with the family and loved ones of Shahriar Zolfaghari,” Lyft spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday.

“Lyft has been working closely with law enforcement and will continue to assist their investigation,” she said.

Though there are no obvious signs pointing to robbery, that could still have been the motive, Lee said.

“Robbery may have been an initial motive and the person panicked, ran away before he could try to get his money,” he said.

In October 2014, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens appointed Wright to prosecute human trafficking cases across the state, he said in a news release when he hired her.

Before that, Wright had established the Fulton County Human Trafficking Unit in that county’s district attorney’s office, and had worked closely with the FBI, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other agencies to investigate human trafficking.

“We at the Attorney General’s office are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Camila’s husband,” Olens said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.”

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