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Watch: Killers Hurl Anti-Gay Slur Before Gunning Down Georgia Man

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday June 11, 2019

An openly gay Georgia man was on his way to work at a local hospital when two men got out of a pickup truck, hurled an anti-gay epithet at him, demanded his bag — and then shot him dead, the New York Post reported. Police believe the killing to have been a hate crime.

28-year-old Ronald Trey Peters, who lived in DeKalb County, had been similarly harassed a week earlier, according to his life partner, reported local news station Fox 5.

DeKalb County has been the site of a spate of violent crimes recently. On the day Peters was murdered, two other people were also killed in the country, reported Atlanta news station CBS 46.

News sources noted that Georgia is one of four states with no hate crimes laws on the books.

The Post article said that Peters was walking to catch public transit on the morning of June 4 when two men got out of a pickup truck and covered their faces with masks. One of the men instructed Peters to "give me your bag, faggot," witnesses to the slaying told the media.

One witness said that before he could intervene, the assailant shot Peters in the chest at point-blank range. Then, as Peters lay wounded on the ground, the assailant fired a second round into his neck. The two men then jumped into the vehicle with Peters' bag, and a third man drove them away from the scene, reports said.

Friends described Peters as a thoughtful person who would "carve out time for everyone else," no matter what was happening in his own life, and said that he and his life partner were "beautiful together," reported local newspaper the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A recent photo of himself and his partner at Peters' Facebook page read, "How could I love you any more?"

The Anti-Defamation League spoke out against the murder. "Unfortunately, this deadly attack is not a rare or isolated event," noted regional director Allison Padilla-Goodman. "Rather, this is the latest in a long string of hate-motivated incidents."

Watch the Fox 5 report below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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