Last updated: August 29. 2014 12:09PM - 956 Views
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Police have released more information about a murder Sunday that killed a 20-year-old Callaway Avenue man.

Speaking on the background of the case, an officer told the Daily News that the victim, DeJerius Hardnett, was stabbed and later died of his injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Police believe the incident is gang related, the officer said.

Law enforcement has obtained a murder warrant against Devonte Cortez Thorpe for murder, as well as a warrant for stealing a dark gray Chevrolet Impala, tag number PRA5337, which belonged to the victim.

Police believe Thorpe is still in the region, and law enforcement officers across the region are searching for him before he has an opportunity to leave the area.

Cortez is described as a 6-feet tall in his early 20s. A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

Last year in LaGrange, there were four murders, up one from 2012.

Anyone with information is urged to immediately contact Troup County Crime Stoppers at (706) 812-1000. Tips may also be submitted to LaGrange Police by calling (706) 883-2603. Information may be given anonymously.

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