The stabbing death of a soldier from South Carolina may be prosecuted as a hate crime, officials say.
KIRO TV in Washington reports 20-year-old Spc. Tevin A. Geike, from Summerville, S.C., died Saturday after a racial insult was shouted at three white soldiers by one of five black men in a passing car.
Geike, who graduated from high school in North Charleston, S.C., in 2010, had served in the military for three years and had no combat experience, said an Army spokesman at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Lakewood, Wash., police said Geike and two fellow members of the 7th Infantry Division were walking alongside Pacific Highway when a vehicle approached and someone yelled at the soldiers. The pedestrians allegedly yelled back that soldiers should be treated with respect.
The soldiers told police the car stopped, turned around and five men got out of the car and surrounded them. A verbal confrontation ensued.
After learning the pedestrians were