Police Now Don't Believe Soldier Killing was Hate Crime

5:08 PM, Oct 7, 2013   |    comments
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Tevin Geike (Image: CNN/KCPQ)

Seattle, WA (WLTX) - Police in Washington State say they now don't believe race was a factor in the killing of a soldier from South Carolina.

Tevin Geike, 20, of Summerville was stabbed to death Saturday night in Lakewood, Washington. He was walking with two friends when a person came up to him and stabbed him in the upper body.

Since the story was first reported, KIRO-TV reports police in Lakewood say they've arrested three fellow soldiers in connection with the attack. They also say that based on interviews, they no longer believe the attack was racially motivated. Previous Coverage: SC Soldier Killed in Washington State

Geike was an aviation operations specialist who was at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Geike and his friends were celebrating the end of his service when he was attacked.

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