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Police seek 2 suspects after WWII vet beaten to death in parking lot

SPOKANE (FOX News.com) — Police in Washington state are searching for two young suspects who beat a World War II veteran to death in a Spokane parking lot Wednesday night.

The Spokane Police Department says in a press release officers responded to reports of an assault and found the victim in his car with serious head injuries. He later died in the hospital.

Authorities on Thursday released surveillance photos of the two suspects, who they describe as black males between the ages of 16 and 19.

Friends identified the victim as Delbert Belton, and say he was sitting outside a lodge for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles when he was attacked.

KXLY-TV reports that Belton served in Army during World War II and was shot in the leg during the Battle for Okinawa.


Delbert Belton (Photo courtesy of Belton’s friends)

The station says he went on to work for Kaiser Aluminum for 30 years. Friends say he was known as “Shorty,” and enjoyed playing pool and working on cars. His wife passed away several years ago.

The Spokane Police Department is asking anyone with information to call their hotline at 456-2233.


14 Comments to “Police seek 2 suspects after WWII vet beaten to death in parking lot”

    Ed H said:
    August 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    I hope they catch the perpetrators. Why would anyone attack an old man? Politicians wonder why citizens carry guns….

    NAVYTOWN said:
    August 22, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    If the races were reversed, this story would be ALL OVER the national news. But because the victim is white the mainstream media will totally ignore it.

      Kit said:
      August 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Not all white people shoot-up movie theaters and schools.

    guest said:
    August 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    do we need a reminder of where racial profiling comes from?

    Kit said:
    August 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    I hope the punks are caught, tried and sent to prison for 30 + years. They must be very stupid and poor to attack an elderly old man.

    Dogface said:
    August 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    I hope a Marine gunny and a few friends finds them first !!! Jail may be too good for some !! . GET BETTER PICTURES !! this chicken feces faced jackwads will pray on elderly and kids !!!!

    Jev said:
    August 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Shocking.. two black guys beating up on a weak person.

    Sheryl Summers said:
    August 22, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    An elderly veteran who gave so much deserves so much better than that.

    Xuven said:
    August 22, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Tell the ACLU to go to H*** this is what crucifixion is for…… And yes I would say the same thing regardless of race.

    Mercy said:
    August 23, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    Just another example of the quality of black teenagers in our country. Could these be Obama sons as well? White americans better wake up to what the media and the black community is leveling. This story, Chris Lane in OKLA, the execution of a white baby in his stroll in Georgia. All whites executed by blacks for no other reason that they were white. Is that not racism, hatred?. Why are these stories not plastered all over the news every single day for months and white leaders organizing marches? Right, because thier killers are black. Wake up.

    Jackmehoff said:
    August 23, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    I blame rap and hip hop and MTV. Rap for most every stupid things kids do now days. Things really when down hill when that garbage got big and them dirty blacks made millions off of stupid kids liking that crap

      grandtess said:
      August 23, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Rap? Lack of responsible parents is more like it…….

    ally said:
    August 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    where is Obama now ??? I don't hear any whinning from the white house about this. wonder how Obama will justify this??

    grandtess said:
    August 23, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Where is Jesse Jackson? Al Sharpton? Barack Obama? They had a lot to say a while ago, why not now ? Sad, truly sad….May these "youths" rot in hell

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