One teenager has been arrested and authorities are seeking another in connection with the beating death of an 88-year-old veteran of World War II. According to CNN, Delbert Belton was robbed, beaten and left for dead earlier this week by two teens outside the local lodge in Spokane, WA where he frequently played pool and socialized.
Spokane police said that a juvenile was arrested Friday in connection with Betlon’s death and charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree murder. There appears to be no connection between the suspect and Belton and police speculate that the two youths chose him at random.
Friends of the retired aluminum worker said that Belton took a bullet in the leg in the battle of Okinawa and that people who knew him called him “Shorty.” He was attacked on Wednesday night in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge where he was a regular presence.
Police spokesperson Mark Griffiths told reporters, “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.”
Surveillance cameras captured images of two African-American teens, whom police allege were ages 16 to 19, suspected in the beating death.
Friends of Belton assembled an impromptu memorial outside the pool hall where people have left notes, flowers and other tokens in the veteran’s honor.
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