A white active Duty soldier, Tevin Geike, was stabbed to death last night by a group of black men in a parking lot in Lakewood. The black men shouted a racial comment before stabbing one soldier to death.
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A 20-year-old active-duty soldier was stabbed to death in a parking lot at the 12500 block of Pacific Highway Southwest around 2:30 a.m., officials say.
Three soldiers were walking from Joint Base Lewis-McChord along Pacific Highway SW when a group of men in a car drove by and someone inside shouted a racial comment toward the white soldiers, the Lakewood Police Department said.
“One of the soldiers yelled back something about the suspects treating combat soldiers with disrespect,” Lt. Chris Lawler said.
The vehicle turned around, and five black males got out of the car and confronted the soldiers, according to reports. As the verbal confrontation ensued, the driver of the vehicle realized the men were actually combat veterans and called his friends off. While the men headed back to their vehicle, one of the suspects appeared to have bumped into the victim, witnesses say.
The soldiers saw their friend fall to the ground as the car sped away. The victim was bleeding profusely from a stab wound and died at the scene.
“We came down here, and he was already dead in my brother’s arms,” said Glenn Zimmerman, a friend of the victim.
The JBLM soldier killed in a stabbing has been identified as 20 year-old Tevin Geike.