Teen Arrested in WWII Vet's Beating Death
Delbert 'Shorty' Belton, 88, was wounded in Battle of Okinawa
By Matt Cantor, Newser User | Suggested by BCS
Posted Aug 23, 2013 4:42 AM CDT
Updated Aug 23, 2013 10:10 AM CDT
A World War II veteran was reportedly beaten to death by a pair of teens.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – An 88-year-old World War II veteran is dead after two teens beat him in a parking lot Wednesday night, police say. One of the two suspects, aged 16, has now been arrested and charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree murder, NBC News reports. The other is still at large. It's unclear why the boys allegedly attacked Delbert "Shorty" Belton in Spokane, Washington: "It does appear random ... there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault," says a police rep.

Police haven't released the suspect's name because of his age. Both suspects are reportedly black males between ages 16 and 19. One is six feet tall and about 150 pounds, while the other, who was dressed all in black, is heavyset. Belton, a US Army veteran, fought in the Pacific; he was wounded by a bullet to the leg at the Battle of Okinawa, KXLY reports. He was reportedly on his way to play pool when he was attacked; he died yesterday morning.

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Aug 25, 2013 4:40 AM CDT
R.I.P. 'Shorty'; and WE THANK YOU for Your Service.
Aug 24, 2013 9:17 PM CDT
"Both suspects are reportedly black males between ages 16 and 19." Of course, who else? More spawn of welfare breed sows. I wonder if they look like Obama like Travon did?
Aug 24, 2013 10:38 AM CDT
Men were men in the 1944 WWII time frame. There was honor and pride in one's country. In 2013 we have total chaos...look to Cook County (Chicago, in particular) to the horrors demonstrated by lack of parental (2) guidance, lack of decent education (you have to attend school to learn), and jerks at the highest levels encouraging and firing the flames of hate...without these killings and maimings they were have no job. We celebrate next week the MLK Washington march. Much has been accomplished since then, but there are factions within both the white and black community who want to tear it down. This Spokane sadness is but another example of uneducated teenagers listening to their community and the words of wisdom from the misguided leadership. Five years/probation -- my prediction.