Police had not made any arrests Sunday as they searched for five men suspected of an altercation in which a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was fatally stabbed Saturday in Lakewood, which authorities were investigating as a possible hate crime.
Lt. Chris Lawler said there were no updates on the investigation into the death of 20-year-old Spc. Tevin A. Geike.
Geike was with two other soldiers, walking about 2:30 a.m. in the 12500 block of Pacific Highway Southwest, when one of five black men in a passing car yelled a racial insult at the white servicemen, police said.
One of the men walking yelled back something about those in the car disrespecting combat soldiers, the vehicle stopped and the five people inside surrounded the servicemen, according to police.
The driver called off his friends after learning some of the soldiers were in fact combat veterans, and as they returned to the car, one of the suspects appeared to bump into Geike, whose friends then quickly realized had been stabbed, police said.
Geike was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-158th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, the base said.
He is from Summerville, S.C., and joined the Army in October 2010.
After training at Fort Rucker, Ala., to be an aviation operations specialist, he came to Lewis-McChord in April 2011.
The National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Aviation Badge are his awards and decorations.