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Suspect in Hurdon Road Homicide Turns Himself in to Police

The suspect turned himself in on April 1.

Stephen O'Reilly, 24, turned himself in on April 1, after a nationwide manhunt was conducted over the weekend.

On March 30, Gwinnett County Police Department officers were dispatched to a homicide at 2467 Hurndon Road in unincorporated Snellville a little after noon. (Hurndon Road is located off of Pate Road, between Skyland and Springdale.)

When officers arrived, they found the victim, 28-year-old Brent Francis, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Before dying from his wounds at Gwinnett Medical Center, he told police that his roommate, Stephen O’Reilly, 24, was the man who had attacked him.  

Police said O’Reilly fled the scene in Francis’ vehicle, a black 1994 Toyota Camry. Detectives obtained a murder warrant against O’Reilly based on Francis’ statement and evidence collected at the scene.  

On April 1, 2013, O’Reilly turned himself in to officers in Escambia County, Fla.; the stolen vehicle was found in Pensacola. O'Reilly is awaiting extradition and transport back to Gwinnett County.

The motive is still under investigation, according to Gwinnett County Police.  

This is the second homicide in the Snellville area this year. 

JH Wilson April 02, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Ok citizens of Snellville. It is time to get to the next council meeting. Two murders already this year. If you do not want your area to turn into another Dekalb County, be there and voice your opinion for stronger police presence, more random traffic stops and neighborhood watch programs. Get a handle on this now.
David Brown April 02, 2013 at 06:47 PM
JH, the murder on Hurndon Road did not occur within the city of Snellville. Hurndon road is outside the city of Snellville limits. I drove over there to check it out. The proper place to vent your anger at this incident is to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, not the Snellville City Council.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) April 02, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Right. The first homicide was in city limits, this one was not. But, it's pretty close. The difference between incorporated and unincorporated is significant in terms of crime rate, housing prices and police presence. What would you all suggest to deter crime in unincorporated Snellville?
Island April 02, 2013 at 08:44 PM
This story just hurts my heart. O'Reilly was brought up well and comes from a respected family. I will continue to pray for all involved.
Vi April 02, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Ive known o'reilly since we were in 1st grade... There has to be more to the story, so for everyone freaking out that someone was stabbed realize it doesnt mean your city will be the new crime hot spot he was a good kid, loved his family, and brent was also a good guy both vi raised and come from families with amaing parents . There has to be more behind this story
ron constant April 03, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Heartfelt condolences to both families... we pray that the truth is learner and healing for all.....
Crystal Huskey (Editor) April 03, 2013 at 12:37 AM
I'm sure you're right, there is always more to the story. Snellville Patch will keep everyone posted as more information is made available.
S. Liburd April 03, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Our hearts go out to both families. It is a pity that our children are not drawn closer to God and call on him in the times of temptation. I will continue praying for our children.
Cynthia H April 03, 2013 at 01:17 AM
I have known Brent for over 15 years and he was an amazing young man. My heart broke when I got news of this horrible incident. I will be praying for his mother, sister and the rest of the family. It feels like I lost a brother too-Cynthia
Island April 03, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Island agrees with VI 100%.
24 April 03, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Knowing Stephen there has to be more. He was raised in a good family by an amazing woman! People looked up to him, believed in him, pushed him hard to follow his dreams..he was loved by many. As for Francis, I don't really know him but his mother is gracefull woman and know that she raised him well. They both were respectful boys and society has lost both of them to terrible mistakes. My hearts go out to both families.
Stank Bone April 04, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Crystal is right. It may not be in the city limits, but, it may as well be. That imaginary line that separates jurisdiction means nothing to the type of people that would commit such atrocities. This is why the cities and the county need to be working together instead of outside of each other with their noses up in the air. One is too good for the other because of a silly squabble over money. Get over it "boys" and solve your crime problem or your customers are going to suffer and you will be out of a job!
Stank Bone April 04, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Crystal, Two important things need to happen, right off the bat. First, MORE officers in patrol cars patrolling the neighborhoods. One officer per car. You have too many officers in specialty units NOT patrolling, and too much down time. If the helicopter pilot can't fly today, send him out in a car to patrol, he's getting paid, isn't he?! Second, there are several programs that form partnerships between the police and the members of the community that need to be, either started or revitalized. If nothing else, there's nothing wrong with the zone officers stopping at select house in the community and doing "knock & talks", trying to get information, and trying to get the stakeholders to call 911 every time something suspicious is going on. Besides that, you never know what you're going to find or smell when you knock on random doors! Too much emphasis has been placed on ticket revenue of late, wonder why??
Jess April 05, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I've known Stephen since middle school, and I'm sure I can speak for many Virgin Islanders when I say that this story came as a complete shock to us. He was a good person, popular all around, and came from a great family, but I agree that there has to be more behind the story. The media makes it seem as if it was a random act of violence, which I'm hoping it wasn't. My prayers go out to both families involved... I can't imagine their pain.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) April 05, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I agree Jess, I'm sure there is more, and I hope to find out soon. Since he's in custody, the motive will hopefully be released soon. The whole situation is tragic.
Shane Little April 06, 2013 at 01:54 AM
there is more to the story... he is a cold blooded coward, that's why he stole the man's car and ran to Florida.
Shalyssa April 13, 2013 at 01:26 AM
im sorry you feel that way but he is not a coward..hes a brave individual that follows his own beliefs

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