A WWII vet beaten is one tragic act of violence that has left one teen arrested this week in the beating and death of an elderly veteran. Police officials are currently looking for the other teen suspect accused of attacking the former soldier this month, the LA Times reports this Friday, Aug. 23. Though one 16-year-old is in custody, police hope to get justice for the man by finding the other culprit.
The WWII vet beaten to death occurred in Spokane, Wash., leaving the community both stunned and angry at the shocking and violent murder of the community’s well-respected man, named Delbert Belton.
Delbert Belton, age 88, was drafted into World War II at only age 18. After serving his country, decades later he was sitting in his car outside a local lodge’s watering hole one night this week when the unthinkable happened.
Late Wednesday evening, the WWII vet was beaten while waiting for a friend to shoot some pool with him. Two teens then confronted Belton, robbing him and beating him. Although he was rushed to a local hospital, Belton succumbed to his injuries, dying at the hospital.
"The way they beat him and how they beat him — it's absolutely terrible," said Belton’s friend, a 62-year-old railroad worker. "Everybody's just appalled ... Violent ... Man's not supposed to kill man."
The beating and killing of the elderly man has sparked outrage in Spokane, where already a memorial of flowers were planted near the watering hole lodge, and where dozens of locals came together this Friday to pay tribute to his memory in a memorial service.
"We want justice for him," said one visitor. "We won't have justice until the other suspect is found."
Having a WWII vet beaten may be terrible in itself, but what has been truly devastating to many in Spokane, say some, is that it was two teens who were behind the attack and burglary.
"People keep coming during the day, and laying more stuff," said Roger Chinn, 52, a janitor at the Eagles Lodge, on the memorial service.
A 16-year-old boy was first taken into custody this Friday while police officials were searching for the two teen suspects, one of whom was caught on a security camera outside the Eagles lodge. Although the second 16-year-old teen has also been identified by officers, he has not yet been found.
"We would encourage [the suspect] to surrender immediately," the community’s Police Chief, saying that they will not give up until he is also taken in.
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