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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are hoping a $20,000 reward will get them closer to making arrests in the kidnapping and murder of a DeKalb County couple. Police called it a horrible incident with two innocent people who were violently killed.

Captain Paul Guerrucci said he believes ransom was the motive for the kidnapping.

"We would like to reach out to the public or anyone who may have information on this case that would help us," he said.

Guerrucci said police still have viable leads that they are following up on.

Jeronta Brown, 24, and his girlfriend Briana Brooks, 21, were kidnapped on August 30, 2014 outside Brown's mother's home on Colleen Court in DeKalb County. At least two suspects came to Kawana Brown's door claiming they were FBI agents. The suspects grabbed Jeronta and Briana, handcuffed them and threw them into a vehicle that sped off.

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Jeronta's mother thanked friends and family who came up with the money for the reward.

"Somebody really does know something about it," she said.

Kawana Brown was one of the last people to talk to her son, when the kidnappers made him call her and ask for ransom money.

"I talked to him, he said mom, they are not playing, that's what he told me, he said mom, they are not playing," Kawana Brown said.

Hours after the kidnapping, the couple was found on Ridge Avenue in Atlanta, 17 miles from the house. Both had been shot in the head.

Jeronta was already dead. Briana was taken to the hospital and put on life support while doctors delivered the couple's second child. After the birth Briana was taken off life support. She was seven months pregnant.

Capt. Guerrucci made it clear that anybody involved in the case will be prosecuted.

"We feel that there were multiple people involved which means even more people know what's going on," Guerrucci said.

Atlanta Police made a big deal on Wednesday when they announced the $20,000 reward.

"I get up at night crying about it, and I can't sleep, and I want to ask the Lord please get these bad guys off the street," Kawana Brown said.

Police won't say if the couples kidnapping is related to a similar incident involving a woman in East Atlanta last week. She was kidnapped by men who identified themselves as law enforcement but was later released.

Police are asking anyone who knows anything about either kidnapping to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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