A WWII vet, beaten by two African American teenagers with heavy flashlights, died Wednesday. One of the two teens that killed the 88-year-old man is now in custody, reports CNN on Aug. 23.
Delbert Belton, a WWII veteran who fought and was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa, met a horrific death at the hands of two out-of-control teens, who beat the elderly Belton until he died.
“They used those great big heavy flashlights,” Delbert’s daughter-in-law Bobbie Belton said. “The doctors said he was bleeding from all parts of his face.”
Belton, or “Shorty” as he was known by his friends, was waiting in a car outside a lounge in Spokane, Washington, where he would often go to play pool.
The motive for the attack – or the lack of any motive – makes this assault even more unnerving. The teens evidently chose Belton at random as he sat in his car outside the Eagles Lodge in Spokane.
“It does appear random,” Spokane police Lt. Mark Griffiths said. “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.”
Friends and family were shocked at this senseless outburst of violence, brought on by nothing other than morally bankrupt teens roaming about.
“He lived his life every day to make somebody else happy,” said friend Lill Duncan. “It wasn’t all about him. It was about what he could do for everybody else.”
True to point, Belton was actually at the Lodge waiting to drive one of his friends home that needed a ride that night.
Arrested thus far was 16-year-old Demetrius Glenn. The other teen, Kenan Adams-Kinard, no age given, is at large. Both are expected to face murder charges as adults in the brutal beating death.