Spc. Tevin Geike was a member of the 7th Infantry. On Saturday Morning he and his friends had some racial remarks launched at them from a passing vehicle. They responded. The result is a dead soldier that never saw his 21st birthday.
When I read and hear of things like this I think of a mainstream media that loves to stir hatred. I think of race baiting politicians and public figures like Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Will they step up and talk about the insanity of this crime? Or are crimes only worthy of talking about when they serve a higher agenda? I think our readers know the answer to that question.
I have no hatred toward blacks. Five black men who were involved in the stabbing of Geike do not represent all black people. However, the other side must be told. For every Trayvon Martin media circus there are white men and women who die regularly at the hands of racists, yet this is not often reported nationally. You normally only find these stories by scouring local news reports.
LAKEWOOD, Wash. – A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was stabbed to death in a parking lot at the 12500 block of Pacific Highway Southwest around 2:30 a.m., officials say.
20-year-old Tevin Geike was walking with two other white soldiers along Pacific Highway SW when a group of black men drove by and shouted a racial comment toward the 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 car turned around and the men 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 Geike, witnesses say.
The soldiers saw Geike fall to the ground as the car sped away. He was bleeding profusely from stab wounds 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 Geike.
Friends say there was a party at the Biltmore Motel that evening, and Geike was gathering with family and friends after being discharged from the military. Zimmerman said Geike’s contract was up, and he was celebrating serving his country.
“I don’t understand how someone can do this – that man, he almost gave his life for people to enjoy the freedoms they have and he was just stabbed for no (expletive) reason,” he continued.
The initial remark that started the encounter seemed derogatory in nature, said Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler. He said it was too early to say that race was the motivating factor, but investigators were exploring whether the killing should be classified as a hate crime.
“We are certainly considering it, for sure,” Lawler said.
Police are searching for a midnight blue BMW-type sedan or VW Jetta-type car with four doors, tinted windows and stock rims, and low profile tires.
All five suspects are black men in their 20s, police say. The main suspect is believed to be in his early 20s, about 6’1″, medium build, and was wearing a blue zip-up hoodie. The driver was described as having short cropped hair, and wearing a blue and white horizontal striped shirt.
That was a short-lived celebration for Geike. The young man served his country and is dead at the tender age of 2o at the hands of thugs who have no love for this country.
I can’t say for certain that the Trayvon Martin media circus played a part in this but it surely didn’t help.
In the end three soldiers learned that there are wars going on within our borders and one of those young men lost his life as proof.
Spc. Tevin A. Geike
If you have any information you are asked to call Lakewood Police (253) 830-5000