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What started out as a minor verbal altercation took a deadly turn for a U.S. Marine, who was stabbed to death in Waikiki, Hawaii late last week.

23-year-old Sgt. William Brown of Memphis, Tennessee, was fatally stabbed on October 21st after he reportedly got into an argument with a young man on a Waikiki street corner. According to the New York Daily News, local police have arrested three suspects in connection with the stabbing death, two teenage boys and one teenage girl.

Via NY Daily News:

Sgt. William Brown of Memphis, Tenn., got into an altercation on a Waikiki street corner and was stabbed multiple times in the chest after 1 a.m., Hawaii News Now reported. The young Marine was taken to a hospital in critical condition where he later died.

The suspects, 21-year-old Brad Paul Aliksa, a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, were arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the homicide.

Brown, who was promoted to sergeant on Oct. 1, was stationed at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base and joined the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines in November 2012. Peers described him as a “beloved member” of his unit.

Further details about the case are limited due to it still being in its early stages, however Brown’s friends and family have reportedly stated that they are seeking justice for the late Marine and described him fondly to the press.

Lt. Col. Steven Eastin said in a statement, “He had qualities we value in our Marine non-commissioned officers. His death is tragic and the battalion joins his family in grief. He will always be loved and remembered.”

 

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