Was Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier Killed Because of Race?

Was Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier Killed Because of Race?

Lakewood, Washington’s KOMO 4 reports U.S. solider Tevin Geike was attacked and killed after he and two other soldiers were called a derogatory name for being white.

Geike was stabbed to death “in a parking lot at the 12500 block of Pacific Coast Highway” in the early morning hours of October 5.

According to the Lakewood Police Department, someone in a car carrying “five black men in their 20s” yelled at Geike and the other soldiers. One of the soldiers in Geike’s group “yelled back something about the suspects treating combat soldiers with disrespect.”

At that point the car turned around, more words were exchanged, Geike was stabbed and quickly died.

Geike had just gotten of the military and had been out that night “celebrating serving his country.”

Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler said they are looking at the details closely and “exploring whether the killing should be classified as a hate crime.” 

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