UPDATE: ETX soldier arrested in fatal stabbing of another soldier
POSTED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 6:08am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 1:10pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) —
One of three soldiers arrested in the stabbing death of another soldier on Saturday is from East Texas.
In an Army press release, authorities identify Pvt. Jeremiah Hill, 23, of Chicago; Spc. Ajoni I. Runnion-Bareford, 21, of Isleboro, Maine; and Pfc. Cedarium L. Johnson, 21, of Tyler, as the soldiers charged in the stabbing.
Authorities have arrested the men in connection to the death of Spc. Tevin A. Geike.
All four soldiers were assigned to the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
According to CNN, police initially said they were investigating the death as a possible hate crime after witnesses said a black assailant directed a racial comment toward Geike, who was white, and his white friends shortly before the stabbings.
However, after investigation, authorities no longer believe that to be the case.
"It appears from interviewing everyone involved that race was not a motivating factor in this homicide," stated Lt. Chris Lawler of the Lakewood Police Department.
In a press release, Army officials said: "our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow Soldiers during this time of mourning."
The soldier from East Texas, Cedarium Johnson, was assigned to 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division. He joined the Army in March 2012 and reported to One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., in the Military Occupational Specialty 11B (Infantryman).
Upon graduation, Johnson was assigned to the 3-2 SBCT in July 2012. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July 2012.