Information Released About Cedartown Murder/Suicide

The Cedartown Police Department has released more information regarding the shooting death of 36-year-old Cedartown resident Rekiesha Moore.

In the early-morning hours of March 31, Moore was killed from a gunshot fired by her step-father, Michael Prater.  After firing the shot that killed his step-daughter, Prater attempted to take his own life. He was taken to a medical center for treatment, and later passed away from his injuries over the Easter weekend.

Prater was the estranged husband of the victim’s mother.

From evidence gathered at the scene and from Prater’s home, police investigators have determined that Moore’s death was a premeditated decision by Prater carried out to “punish his estranged wife for her non-desire to reconcile their marriage,” explained Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome.


Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier has identified the victim in a murder/attempted suicide this week as that of 36 year-old Rekiesha Moore,

Reports said that an altercation between Moore and a male family member just before 7 am Tuesday resulted in her being shot and killed.

Authorities said that the male family member shot Moore once before going into another room and shooting himself in the head.

Moore was pronounced dead at 7:30 am. The suspect was treated at the scene and flown to an Atlanta hospital, where is he said to be on life support.

The case remains under investigation by the Cedartown Police Department.


Cedartown Police is investigating a shooting Tuesday morning on Jule Peek Avenue in which one person was killed and other injured.

According to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome, a woman was killed after suffering a single gunshot wound.

The other victim, a male, was also shot, and was transported to a medical center for treatment.

Newsome added that no suspects are at large and there is no safety threat to the public.