Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier, Jeremiah Hill, 23, is being held on $2 million bail in connection with Saturday’s stabbing death of fellow Soldier Spc. Tevin Geike in Lakewood, Washington.
Arresting authorities first stated the stabbing death of the young Specialist was racially motivated since the five suspects were black and the deceased and his Army buddies were white. Anecdotal statements at the time of the stabbing suggested there were anti-white hate words hurled prior to the attack.
Lakewood police downplayed the “race card” once the story went viral but they have yet to put forth another motive for the killing.
Locally, there has been some speculation that the stabbing might have been gang-related, even though the killer, the victim, and everyone involved in the confrontation, were stationed at the same Army post.
Cedarium Johnson and Ajoni Runnion-Bareford, both 21, and also JBLM Soldiers, have been charged in connection with tampering of evidence including disposing of the murder weapon and hiding the blood-stained car.
The abhorrent “blue-on-blue” killing of Spc. Geike became even more outrageous when it was learned that following the verbal confrontation of the Soldiers, Jeremiah Hill feigned an apology, gave Geike a sibling-like bear hug and then stabbed him in the heart.
Spc. Geike was a native of Summerville, S.C. and graduate of Stall High School in North Charleston.
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