Japanese teen held in stabbing death of Kadena High School student on Okinawa
By TRAVIS J. TRITTEN AND CHIYOMI SUMIDA | STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 27, 2011
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A teenage Army dependent died Saturday after being stabbed during an early morning dispute with a Japanese teenager, according to U.S. military and Okinawa authorities.
Edward N. Allshouse, Jr., 17, a student at Kadena High School, was stabbed in his chest with a replica sword at an apartment in Yomitan and died at a nearby hospital about seven hours later, a spokesman for the Okinawa prefectural police said.
Police said a 17-year-old Japanese suspect was taken into custody on Saturday, and a charge of murder was referred to the Naha prosecutor’s office, which must now decide whether to bring the case to court.
The Army said the case falls under the jurisdiction of Japan’s prefectural police and officials are fully cooperating with local authorities.
“We expect a thorough investigation and that the person responsible for this crime be held accountable,” the Army said in a prepared statement.
Allshouse was a singer in a local experimental hardcore band called Shores, according to the band’s Facebook page. His father is an Army civilain employee on Okinawa.
Col. Lance Koenig, commander of the 10th Regional Support Group at Torii Station, said the Army shares “the sorrow felt by Eddie Allshouse’s loved ones, and we must remember the tremendous contributions as a student he made at Kadena High School as well as the positive influence on fellow musicians, friends and the Okinawa community.”
DoDEA Pacific school officials met with Allshouse’s family and a school crisis response team was activated over the weekend, spokesman Charly Hoff wrote in an email response to Stars and Stripes.
“We marshaled together grief counselors and other support professionals to help anyone in need at Kadena High School today,” Hoff said. “Eddie was an excellent student, a talented musician, and very well-liked by his classmates, teachers and anyone else fortunate enough to have known him.”
A memorial service will be held from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday at Yomitan Sera-en funeral home adjacent to the Okinawa Christian School, according to the Army.
Police said Allshouse was stabbed with the sword in the left side of his chest and side at about 5 a.m. Saturday morning at the suspect’s apartment in Yomitan.
The suspect, a Japanese national who is unemployed and lives alone in the Takashiho district, told Okinawa police that he attacked Allshouse during a heated argument over a woman, the police spokesman said.
The Japanese teen called an ambulance after the incident and was immediately apprehended at the site, police said.