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NEW DETAILS: 3 Arrested In Fatal Stabbing Of JBLM Soldier

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LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) - Three people have been arrested in the stabbing death of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier.
    
The Lakewood Police Department said Monday that detectives have arrested three people who are also soldiers at JBLM. Authorities say at least two of the five suspects in the case are cooperating with law enforcement.
    
Detectives had been investigating whether the stabbing of 20-year-old Tevin Geike crime was racially motivated but said Monday that it does not appear that race was a factor.
    
Geike was walking with two friends early Saturday when a verbal confrontation developed with another group of people who drove by in a vehicle. Police say men from the car initially surrounded the soldiers but then began to leave. One of the suspects then appeared to bump into Geike as he walked past. That's when Geike's friends discovered he had been stabbed.

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A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who was fatally stabbed during an altercation on Saturday has been identified.
   
The Pierce County Medical Examiner's office says an autopsy is planned Monday for 20-year-old Tevin Geike.
   
The Army said Sunday that Spc. Geike, of Summerville, S.C., was an aviation operations specialist and a member of the 7th Infantry Division. He entered the Army in October 2010 and arrived at JBLM in April 2011.
   
The News Tribune says he graduated from high school in North Charleston, S.C., in 2010.
   
Investigators were examining whether the attack was a racially motivated hate crime.
   
Lakewood police say Geike was walking with two friends when a car drove by and someone inside shouted a racial comment toward the white soldiers. Authorities say the soldiers shouted something back, and a group of five black men from the car stopped and surrounded the soldiers.
   
Police said the men in the car began to leave but one of the suspects appeared to bump into the victim as he walked past. His friends discovered he had been stabbed.

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Authorities say a soldier was fatally stabbed alongside a Lakewood street, and investigators are examining whether the attack was a racially motivated hate crime.
    
The Lakewood Police Department said the stabbing occurred early Saturday morning as the 20-year-old soldier was walking with two of his friends from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
    
Authorities are looking for five black men who they say were driving in the area and shouted a racial comment toward the white soldiers. Authorities say the group from the vehicle stopped and surrounded the soldiers but began to leave when one of them realized the soldiers were combat veterans.
    
Police say the suspects were leaving the area when one of them appeared to bump into the victim. As the car left, the soldier fell to the ground and his friends discovered he had been stabbed.

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