Sunday, October 6, 2013

A 20-year-old white soldier has been stabbed to death in what authorities believe could be a hate crime

After a desperate 911 call, officers discovered Tevin A. Geike, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, in a parking lot in Lakewood, Washington suffering multiple stab wounds. He died at the scene. The victim's two friends, also soldiers and also white, told police that they were walking south on Pacific Highway when a vehicle approached them and someone inside called out a racial slur. One of the soldiers yelled back something about those in the car treating combat soldiers with disrespect, Lawler said. The car then turned around, stopped next to the soldiers and five black males piled out of the vehicle. A verbal confrontation started, Lawler said, but the driver called his friends off when he learned some of the soldiers were actually combat veterans. As the group returned to the car, one of the suspects appeared to bump into Geike, Lawler said. The two soldiers then saw their friend fall to the ground as the car sped away. That's when they discovered Geike had been stabbed and was bleeding profusely.

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