Washington World War Two veteran beaten to death by teensBy Mason White 1:07 PM August 23, 2013
|Delbert Belton and one of the suspects|
By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A World War Two veteran was beaten to death by a group of teens, according to police reports in Washington.
Spokane Police said that Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left to die by two teenagers at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday night.
Belton, 88, succumbed to his injuries this morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Witnesses said that Belton was in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge at 6410 North Lidgerwood, next to the Eagles Ice-A-Rena, around 8:00 pm on Wednesday when two men attacked him as he was to head inside to play pool.
Police responded with K-9 dogs to track the suspects’ smell, but could not locate them.
“It does seem random. He was in the parking lot when he was attacked and there was no evidence that these people had known each other before the assault,” Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths said.
Belton died of his injuries Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War Two and was shot in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa. He went on to work at Kaiser Aluminum company in the Trentwood plant of the company for over 30 years. Belton’s wife died several years ago.
He liked to play pool. Besides playing billiards he loved working on cars.
Spokane Police are looking for two men suspected in the attack. They said the suspects are African-Americans between 16 and 19-years-old. One suspect was described as heavy-set and wearing black clothing. The other was described as about 6 feet tall and 150 pounds. There was no description of what the second suspect was wearing.
Police investigating the fatal attack also obtained surveillance video of the scene.