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Three Arrested After Soldier Stabbed

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Police in Washington state have arrested three soldiers in connection to the murder of a fellow soldier on Saturday.

According to The News Tribune in Tacoma, Spc. Tevin A. Geike, 20, of Summerville, South Carolina was fatally stabbed while walking with two other soldiers. Officers were originally investigating the incident as a possible hate crime; however, they’re now saying the crime wasn’t racially motivated.

Jeremiah Hill, 23; Cedarium Johnson, 21; and Ajoni Runnion-Bareford, 21, were arrested on charges of murder in Geike’s death, says CNN. The suspects and Geike were all assigned Joint Base Lewis-McChord, not far from where the stabbing took place.

Police spokesman Chris Lawler said Geike was stabbed after a Black man allegedly shouted a racial slur from a passing vehicle.

One of the White soldiers accused the Black male of being disrespectful and the car turned around and stopped. Five Black men exited the vehicle and exchanged words with the White soldiers. After realizing the men were soldiers, the driver of the vehicle called off his friends; however, Geike was stabbed and died at the scene.