CNN reported today that despite the fact that Army Spc. Tevin Geike was stabbed to death in Washington State after being called a "cracker" according to more than one witness, "race was not a motivating factor" in the murder of the combat soldier.
Three "Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers have been arrested," but police are still looking for "a midnight blue four-door car, possibly a BMW or a Volkswagen Jetta, with tinted windows, stock rims and low-profile tires."
Geike was walking with soldiers Matthew Barnes and Brian Johnson over the weekend when someone in a passing car "yelled a comment about the three being white," according to CNN. One of the victims' friends said, "One of the guys in the back seat yells something like white and cracker," as reported by Chris Legeros of the local news in Washington State, Kirotv.
One of the soldiers yelled back, "So this is how we treat combat veterans now?" prompting "five black men appearing to be in their mid-20s" to turn around and get out of the car. One of the men stabbed Geike to death.
Col. Allen West commented on the story on Facebook today. He said in part,
"One has to wonder what the headlines would be if things were reversed? Hate crime, damn right it is."
West also mentioned the murder of Delbert “Shorty” Belton, who was killed in North Spokane last month.
Jeremiah Hill, 23, is in custody along with Cedarium Johnson and Ajoni Runnion-Bareford, both 21, as reported by Doyle Murphy of the New York Daily News. Murphy wrote,
"Another soldier, who was in the car with Hill, told cops a similar version of the story reported by Geike's friends: They exchanged words with the white soldiers but backed off when they learned they were all servicemen — all except for Hill who bear hugged Geike before he fell to the ground."
Shockingly, more than one witness said that the perpetrators made racial slurs. It does not appear that the victim was robbed, so what exactly was the motivation, if not race?