A second arrest has been made in connection with the hate-motivated murder of DeKalb County gay man Ronald “Trey” Peters, according to the AJC.

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.

Joshua Cortez Ellis and Shaleeya Moore / Image courtesy of DeKalb County Police Department

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.

Unidentified person of interest / Courtesy of the DeKalb County Police Department

In early June, Peters was targeted by two men who approached him demanding his bag. The attackers shouted homophobic slurs at Peters, shot him twice, and took his belongings. Peters was only 28.

Trey Peters / Image via Facebook

While police have labeled the crime as “hate-motivated,” Georgia does not have any laws in place that worsen the consequences of a hate crime.

2 Responses

  1. Randall Smith

    Isn’t there a federal hate crime law that will apply when a state like Georgia doesn’t have one?

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