For Immediate Release

Two Arrested In ATL Hate Crime

Gay Man Murdered By Decatur Trio In a story first reported by GA Voice; Gay man Ronald “Trey” Peters was shot early Tuesday morning (June 4) after attackers shouted homophobic slurs at him. Peters, 28, was walking home from a MARTA station in Stone Mountain when he was approached by two men, who a witness described to the Georgia Voice as African American. The men reportedly were in a car and demanded Peters give them his backpack. “When Trey jerked away from him and said, ‘It’s my bag you’re not getting it,’ the driver got out with a louder voice yelling, ‘Give him the f***ing bag, f*g,” witness Kevin Pickering told CBS 46. “The passenger walked back toward the vehicle and the driver got out and started firing.” Peters was reportedly shot twice. According to a neighbor, Peters had been targeted because of his sexuality. A second arrest has been made in connection with the hate crime. DeKalb County police have arrested Shaleeya Moore, the second suspect in the hate crime. She is currently in the DeKalb jail facing murder and armed robbery charges. Joshua Cortez Ellis, the first suspect, was arrested last month, originally on unrelated charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault. He now faces a murder charge. A third person of interest has not yet been identified. Anyone with information about his identity or whereabouts is asked to contact the DeKalb County Police Department at 770-724-7850.