***UPDATE: SUSPECTS PHOTOS RELEASED***
I don’t get it. What the hell is wrong with people that they would attack the most vulnerable among us? Delbert Belton was 89 years-old, waiting in the parking lot of his lodge at 8PM and these 2 black teens approached him and beat him to death. They are thugs and they are cowards!
Now I’m not saying the attack was race-based because we don’t know, but clearly we’ve seen a lot of crimes like this lately. But when you think about it, what motivates teens to attack and beat to death an 89 year-old man? You can rob someone without beating them to death. You can steal someone’s car without beating them to death. And none of that was reported to have even happened. If race or gang activity isn’t the motive, of if the teens weren’t hopped up on meth or something, I honestly don’t know what else it could be.
And to top it all off he was a WWII veteran who even took a bullet for his country in the Battle of Okinawa. And this is how it ends for him. What the hell is going on in our country?
KXLY-TV – WWII veteran Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two teens at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening.
Belton, 89, died from the injuries he suffered in the beating Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Witnesses say the Belton was in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge at 6410 N. Lidgerwood, adjacent to the Eagles Ice-A-Rena, around 8 p.m. Wednesday when the two male suspects attacked him.
Belton died from his injuries Thursday at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
“Shorty,” as he was known by his friends at the Eagles Lodge, served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during WWII and was shot in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa. He went on to work at Kaiser Aluminum at the company’s Trentwood plant for more than 30 years.
He loved playing pool, even though he claimed he was no good at it and had been a member of the Eagles Lodge for the last four months. In addition to playing pool he loved working on cars.
Belton’s wife passed away several years ago.
Spokane police are looking for two male suspects in the attack. They said the suspects are African Americans between 16 and 19 years old. …
Police investigating the deadly attack on Belton are also working to obtain surveillance footage from the scene.
UPDATE: Here are the photos of the suspects:
UPDATE: One suspect has been arrested and charged with first degree murder/robbery:
Spokane police said Friday they have arrested one of two teenagers wanted as suspects in the beating death of an 88-year-old World War II vet who was wounded at Okinawa.
Delbert Belton, known as “Shorty,” died Thursday from head injuries suffered in the attack Wednesday night outside the Eagles Lodge.
KXLY-TV reports that the suspect, a juvenile, has been charged with first degree murder and first degree robbery.
UPDATE: Second suspect identified as Kenan Adams Kinard and is still on the run. Here is his Facebook page:
UPDATE: First suspect identified as Demetrius Glenn. He turned himself in to police.