Demetrius Glenn, 16, and Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16, approached Belton while he was "in his car Wednesday night outside the Ice-A-Rena as he was waiting for a friend," where he had planned to play pool, as reported by Erin Donaghue of CBS News. They beat him to death.
Straub said that the intent was to commit a robbery, but "instead the suspects beat Belton with a flashlight." It is unclear how Straub could possibly know that race did not have a part to play in the brutal attack.
Kenan Adams-Kinard is still at large.
The incredibly frustrating thing about this case is that the teens both had "gang ties" and Glenn "has a lengthy criminal history." He was convicted "of assault and riot and was supposed to be in court on August 28th for another charge." So, why was he out roaming the streets?
Ian Cull of KXLY gave a bit more insight on Belton, was known by his friends at the Eagles Lodge as "Shorty,"
He "...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. Belton's wife passed away several years ago."
Gang ties are a common denominator in these crimes. Many of the perpetrators have criminal histories. If Americans want to be serious about tackling violent crime, they must look at the "gangsta" culture pushed by the mainstream media onto malleable young minds in the form of the hip hop industry. Additionally, the justice system is clearly not working if young teens, such as Demetrius Glenn, are convicted of crimes at a young age yet remain on the streets, unsupervised.