An 88-year-old veteran of World War II died yesterday from injuries suffered the night before, after being beaten by two teenagers in a random attack. Delbert Belton, known as "Shorty", died Thursday from head injuries suffered in the Wednesday night beating outside the Eagles Lodge in Spokane, Wash., according to USA Today on Aug. 23. So far authorities believe the attack was random, and are seeking two black male suspects caught on surveillance video.
Witnesses told KXLY Belton was in the Eagles Lodge parking lot at around 8 p.m. Wednesday, when the two male suspects attacked him as he heading inside to play pool.
"It does appear random. He was in the parking lot, it appears he was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault", said Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths.
Belton's friends say they can't understand why such a thing would happen. The two suspects are described as African American males of average build between the ages of 16 and 19.
Police have not released any possible motive in the attack, calling it "random".
Sadly, the 88-year-old veteran survived being shot in the leg at the Battle of Okinawa during his World War II Army service, but was unable to survive this horrific attack.