The white soldier who was killed by three black comrades on Saturday morning ‘died like a dog’ a friend has said, as an autopsy revealed he was stabbed fatally through the heart.
Spc. Tevin Geike, 20, and two friends had been walking away from a confrontation with another group of soldiers in Lakewood, Washington when he was allegedly stabbed by Jeremiah Hill, 23.
Geike suffered a deep stab wound to his chest that cut through a rib and plunged through his heart following a confrontation near Tacoma, Washington, the autopsy showed.
‘He died like a dog,’ Kimberly Turnipseed, whose daughter was friends with Geike, told ABC News outside the courtroom for Hill’s arraignment on Tuesday. The women were pictured sobbing in court.
The soldiers charged in the case made their first court appearance on Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court. Hill, who joined the Army just six months ago, was charged with first-degree murder.
Authorities also charged Cedarium Johnson, 21, and Ajoni Runnion-Bareford, 21, with rendering criminal assistance, saying they aided in disposing of the murder weapon.
The suspects and victim were all soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Geike, from Summerville, South Carolina, was walking with two other soldiers, Matthew Barnes and Brian Johnson, back to their base early on Saturday when a car of five people drove past them.
Barnes told KIRO TV that one man in the back shouted ‘something like white and cracker’ – racist term for a white person.
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