Three Suspects Arrested in “Hate-Motivated” Murder of Gay Georgia Man

Ronald "Trey" Peters was a 28-year-old social worker.

Police have now arrested all three suspects in connection with the June 4 shooting death of Ronald “Trey” Peters, a 28-year-old gay social worker in Decatur, Georgia.

According to a DeKalb police incident report, bystanders claim the masked gunman used anti-gay slurs while demanding Peters hand over his backpack. A witness says one attacker told Peters, “Give me your bag, faggot.” He then shot Peters multiple times with a pistol before driving off in a four-door maroon truck with his accomplices. The victim was taken to nearby hospital and pronounced dead.

Police later released surveillance photos of three people of interest in the deadly shooting: Joshua Ellis (left), Shaleeya Moore (center), and Tyreese Johnson (right).

Courtesy DeKalb County Police

As we reported last month, Ellis, 21, was charged for the murder after being arrested June 6 on unrelated armed robbery and aggravated assault charges. Ellis remains in custody at the Clayton County jail and will face those charges first.

According to Project Q Atlanta, police arrested Moore, 18, July 27 and charged her with armed robbery and felony murder. Johnson, 19, was arrested July 31 and also charged with armed robbery and felony murder. Johnson is accused of pulling the trigger in the incident.

Both Moore and Johnson are in custody at the DeKalb County Jail.

Authorities marked the robbery and fatal shooting as a “hate-motivated” incident, but Georgia does not have a hate crimes law allowing for steeper penalties against bias-related crimes.

Peters’ partner, unnamed in the police report, recalled an incident of homophobic harassment on the street a few weeks prior to the shooting.

Heather Olsen, a longtime friend of Peters and a witness to the shooting, called him “the best person I’ve ever met in my entire life.”

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