A WWII vet beaten to death by two teens was “defenseless” as they randomly targeted him in a parking lot in Washington, the Christian Science Monitor reported on Aug. 24, as the manhunt for one of the suspects continues.
The beating death of the WWII vet has sparked outrage around the world. The WWII vet beaten, Delbert Belton, survived the battle of Okinawa but lost his life in the parking lot of an Eagles Lodge in Spokane, Wash., when two teens with juvenile court records and past convictions for assault allegedly randomly targeted the 88-year-old for a robbery and beat him so savagely that he died on Thursday.
One of the teens in the WWII vet beating death surrendered to authorities Thursday night. He was being held on charges of robbery and first-degree murder. While many media outlets weren’t identifying the suspect because of his age, KREM-TV in Spokane identified him as Demetrius Glenn, 16, and said that he would be tried as an adult.
The other teen accused in the attack on Belton is still on the loose.
"He was defenseless," said Pam Hansen, Delbert Belton’s niece.
A memorial for the WWII vet was held Friday evening outside of the Eagles Lodge, where Belton enjoyed relaxing and socializing.
Delbert Belton had apparently been sitting in his car at the Eagles Lodge when the attack occurred. The WWII vet was beaten to death in his car, possibly with a flashlight, authorities said.