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White soldier fatally stabbed; possible hate crime involving 5 black men

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Update — Oct 7, 4:06 p.m.

Lakewood Police have arrested three people who are also soldiers in the death of Army Spc. Tevin Geike, the Associated Press reported. Authorities say at least two of the five suspects are cooperating with law enforcement and that it does not does not appear that race was a factor.

A soldier is dead.

Killed not on a battlefield in the Middle East, but on the streets of America.

Killed for what appears to be no other reason than the color of his skin.

Tevin Geike, a 20-year-old member of the U.S. Army’s 7th Infantry Division, was stabbed to death early Saturday in Lakewood, Washington.

According to police reports, his transgression was apparently being born white.

“At this point, it appears that it could have been a hate crime,” Lakewood police spokesman Chris Lawler told the News Tribune. “We’re certainly looking at it now as a potential hate crime. We’re not going to say that it is, but according to two guys at the scene, it appears to be racially motivated.”

According to reports, Geike was at a party at a nearby motel celebrating that his stint in the Army was up. After leaving the party, he was walking along the road with two other active duty soldiers when someone in a car shouted out a racial slur.

The two surviving soldiers said someone in the vehicle made some comment about them being white, according to the News Tribune.

One of the soldiers yelled back something about those in the car treating combat soldiers with disrespect, Lawler said.

The car turned around and five black men in their 20s got out of the car and surrounded the soldiers.

A verbal confrontation started, Lawler said, but the driver called his friends off when he learned some of the soldiers truly were combat veterans. As the men headed back to their vehicle, one of the suspects appeared to have bumped into Geike, the News Tribune reported.

The other soldiers saw Geike fall to the ground as the car sped away, and then discovered their companion had been stabbed and was bleeding profusely. He died at the scene.

The News Tribune reported that investigators have recovered surveillance video, but so far nothing sufficient to identify the suspects or their car.

There was a time in America when it was not safe for a black man to walk down the street. The country grew intolerant to this reality and demanded civil rights for all.

In the aftermath of the death of Trayvon Martin, those tables appear to have been turned with a growing trend of white Americans being killed for the very reason black Americans once were.

It would seem the victim of the 60s has become the killer of today.

Now that we are in the “post-racial era,” ushered in with the election of Barack Obama, it’s fair to ask if the president will show real leadership here before the very fabric of America is torn beyond repair?

As for the death of Geike, an American soldier, the White House is silent.

Or is this what the left considers “social justice.”

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Tom Tillison

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