Police seeking suspects in gay Decatur man’s killing

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DeKalb County police homicide detectives are looking for three suspects in the June shooting death of Trey Peters, and they need the public’s help.

Police released photos (above) of the suspects on Friday. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects is being asked to contact DeKalb police at 770-724-7850 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

Peters, 28, was shot and killed as he walked to a MARTA station in Decatur on June 4. Witnesses said two men drove up and demanded that Peters give up his backpack. They yelled homophobic slurs before shooting Peters twice and fleeing in a maroon four-door truck. One witness said there was “at least” a third suspect, who drove the vehicle.

Peters’ boyfriend, Titus Davis, said that Peters was on the phone with his mother right before the shooting. Davis told police that a week prior to the homicide, two men were harassing Peters and calling him homophobic slurs.

DeKalb police labeled it a “hate-motivated” crime on the incident report. 

Peters’ family held a memorial service in Pell City, Ala., on June 14. Several of Peters' friends traveled from Atlanta for the service. An Atlanta memorial service is in the works. 

Peters was a personal injury case manager at Regional Medical Group in Decatur.

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