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SPOKANE (FOX — 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.

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    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

    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

    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 !!!!

  • Mercy

    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

    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

    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