Airman stabbed to death near Yokota remembered in emotional ceremony
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — An airman who died in an off-base stabbing last week was honored with a ceremony hosted Friday by fellow Security Forces members at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.
Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, 35, was pronounced dead at a hospital after being stabbed with a knife at his home just outside Yokota’s east gate in the city of Tachikawa.
A woman identifying herself as Aria Saito, 27, an office worker from Tokyo’s Koto ward, was arrested and charged in the killing.
Comrades from the 374th Security Forces Squadron and other members of the Yokota community gathered at the base’s Friendship Chapel to pay their respects during a ceremony that was broadcast to family members back in the United States.
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