Thus far there has been no sighting of either the Reverend Jesse Jackson or Reverend Al Shaprton in the senseless killing of an 88-year-old WWII veteran in Spokane, WA Wednesday night by two black youths.
While one of the suspects has been arrested, the other is still being sought for the killing of Delbert "Shorty" Belton, a World War II vet who was beaten to death Wednesday night outside his favorite hangout: the Eagles Lodge in Spokane, Wash.
The teenage suspect has been charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree murder, according to CNN.
The youth apprehended was picked up after the images of two blacks were taken by surveillance cameras mounted at local businesses and released by Spokane police after Belton was found inside his car, unconscious and with severe head injuries, according to the LA Times.
Belton died Thursday morning from the beating.
As Spokane police Lt. Mark Griffiths explained to the press, “It does appear random. 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."
The Eagle Lodge was a favorite hangout for Belton who went there often to play pool.
The teen who was has been arrested has a lengthy record, including a conviction in 2012 for fourth-degree assault, obstructing a police officer and misdemeanor rioting, according to juvenile court officials.
Belton was a Purple Heart recipient who survived the Battle of Okinawa after taking a shot in the leg, CNN quoted friends as saying. He retired after working at Kaiser Aluminum Company for more than 30 years.
Last night, a candlelight vigil was held at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Eagles Ice-A-Rena in Spokane, adjacent to the Eagles Lodge where Belton, who was white, was killed.
Belton's death is only one of several racial crimes that has added fuel to the already raging racial fire that started with last week's thrill killing of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane, who was studying at East Central University in Oklahoma.
Many in the black community are awaiting some sort of response from Sharpton and Jackson who were so prevalent in the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.
The Australian Lane, 22, was reportedly murdered last week by three teens, two of whom were African American, because they were "bored" and "just wanted to see someone die," according to police.
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