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Navy veteran killed in alleged hate crime


A California couple is facing hate crime charges after investigators say they killed a Navy veteran at a gas station because of his race.

30-year-old Justin Peoples was shot in the back and then stabbed multiple times at a Chevron gas station in Tracy, California on March 15th.

Authorities say the incident occurred after Peoples encountered 42-year-old Christine Garner and 49-year-old Jeremy Jones around 9:00 p.m. and an argument ensued.

Investigators have not said what prompted the argument, however, a complaint filed against Garner and Jones, alleges that Peoples “was intentionally killed because of (Peoples’) race, color, religion, nationality or country of origin.”

An investigation also showed what appears to be white supremacist tattoos on Jones’ body.

Garner and Jones where arrested on March 18th and are being held in jail pending an arraignment hearing scheduled for April 4.

A third person, identified as 58-year-old Christopher Dimenco, was also arrested and charged with accessory to murder for allegedly helping the couple escape arrest.

According to the report, Peoples leaves behind two children.