Geike originally joined the Army in 2010. He was stationed at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, where he received training as an aviation operations specialist.
He’d been celebrating his imminent discharge at the Biltmore Motel earlier that night, friends said.
“I don’t understand how someone can do this — that man, he almost gave his life for people to enjoy the freedoms they have and he was just stabbed for no (expletive) reason,” said friend Glenn Zimmerman to KOMO News.
Officials are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
“We are exploring the possibility that this could be a hate crime or racially motivated,” said Lakewood Police Lieutenant Chris Lawler. ”We won’t know exactly what the motive is until we interview the suspects.”
The five suspects are all Black men in their 20s. The main suspect who stabbed Geike is believed to be in his early 20s and around 6’1″ with a medium build. Lawler is confident he will be found.
“He’s going to get caught,” he said. ”Nobody’s going to give up until we catch up.”