WWII vet, beaten by teens outside Eagles Lodge, dies Developing..


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chrisj1968

http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/elderly-man-dies-after-being-attacked-outside-ice-arena/-/101214/21574858/-/9flm7iz/-/index.html I found out originally by here

 

SPOKANE, Wash. -

WWII veteran Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two teens at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening.

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Belton, 89, died from the injuries he suffered in the beating Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Witnesses say Belton was in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge at 6410 N. Lidgerwood, adjacent to the Eagles Ice-A-Rena, around 8 p.m. Wednesday when the two male suspects attacked him as he was about to head inside to play pool.

Police responded with K-9s to track the suspects' scent but were not able to locate them.

"It does appear random. He was in the parking lot, 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," Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths said.

Belton died from his injuries Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

"Shorty," as he was known by his friends at the Eagles Lodge, served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during WWII and was shot in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa. He went on to work at Kaiser Aluminum at the company's Trentwood plant for more than 30 years. Belton's wife passed away several years ago.

He loved playing pool, even though he claimed he was no good at it and had been a member of the Eagles Lodge for the last four months. In addition to playing pool he loved working on cars.

Shorty was Ted Denison's best friend of 23 years; the two played pool occasionally and worked on cars daily.

"He was always there for me when I needed him," Denison said. "We'd joke back and forth. We were always having fun, some sort of fun."

He was the kind of nice old man who'd become your friend in minutes.

"Probably every time I come into town, he'd have a project for me to do," Denison said. "I thought of him more as a dad than I did a friend really."

Now, with the suspects still at large and the Spokane Police Department working to track them down, Shorty's friends are hoping for justice.

"I don't understand how somebody could do this. I really don't," Denison said.

Spokane police are looking for two male suspects in the attack. They said the suspects are African Americans between 16 and 19 years old. One suspect was described as heavy set and wearing all black clothing. The other was described as being about 6 feet tall and 150 pounds. There was no description of what clothing the second suspect was wearing other than a silk do-rag.

Police investigating the deadly attack on Belton have also obtained surveillance footage from the scene. Click this linkto see still images of the two suspects in the attack.

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chrisj1968

an 89 year old man? really? can't they be a little more selective? people are simply doing what's right in their own eyes...

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J_R_G

Good thing this 89 year old man didn't have a gun, he might have hurt those two young men.

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DocM

^^ we could only hope :ninja:

1% of the kids causing 90% of the violent crime problems. Time to cull the herd.

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The other was described as being about 6 feet tall and 150 pounds. There was no description of what clothing the second suspect was wearing other than a silk do-rag.

 

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COKid

Cull the herd? I don't know you DocM, but honestly, you were born about 150 years too late. If you ever build a time machine, set it for around 1850 or so. You would make a kickass sheriff.

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Richteralan

Cull the herd? I don't know you DocM, but honestly, you were born about 150 years too late. If you ever build a time machine, set it for around 1850 or so. You would make a kickass sheriff.

Or he can move to China.

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Growled

^^ we could only hope :ninja:

1% of the kids causing 90% of the violent crime problems. Time to cull the herd.

I wouldn't be opposed to a stray bullet hitting one or two of them.

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DocM

Cull the herd? I don't know you DocM, but honestly, you were born about 150 years too late. If you ever build a time machine, set it for around 1850 or so. You would make a kickass sheriff.

Thanks ;)

We don't have to kill them, but there are a LOT of 13-21 year olds who need life instead of juvie hall. Damaged and irreparable.

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FloatingFatMan

Cull the herd? I don't know you DocM, but honestly, you were born about 150 years too late. If you ever build a time machine, set it for around 1850 or so. You would make a kickass sheriff.

 

What America needs, is more Sheriff Joe Arapaio's.

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DocM

What America needs, is more Sheriff Joe Arapaio's

Sheriff Joe has veered off the rails a touch sometimes, but in genrral I approve of his approach. That said, there needs to he some really tough anti-gang measures taken, and if the Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton types squeal let them stew. I'm sick of 'em.

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illage3

:( makes me sad to see stories like this.  Those kids might have even exisited if it wasn't for the brave men who sacrificed themslves in WWII.  The kids who did this are cowards, they couldn't pick on someone who could actually fight back.

 

This is why feral youths should be shot on sight.

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Sadelwo

Say what you will, but when caught these lowlifes deserve the death penalty. If you have nothing to do go jump off a cliff, killing someone who has nothing to do with them or their situation just because they can is the most disgusting thing I could ever imagine. To think this elderly gentlemen witnessed his friends dying, was shot at, rushed at by an enemy overzealous to their leaders to their cause,  to protect the freedom the idiots like them today take for granted. People who do such things are a cancer contaminating the human race.

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KingCracker

Tell me again why I don't need a firearm for protection again?

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morebaker

Beating an old man to death is pretty dispicable

to bad they did not try it on someone that could fight back

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chrisj1968

Say what you will, but when caught these lowlifes deserve the death penalty. If you have nothing to do go jump off a cliff, killing someone who has nothing to do with them or their situation just because they can is the most disgusting thing I could ever imagine. To think this elderly gentlemen witnessed his friends dying, was shot at, rushed at by an enemy overzealous to their leaders to their cause,  to protect the freedom the idiots like them today take for granted. People who do such things are a cancer contaminating the human race.

why not? they took this mans life. but what I want to make known is, the kids who do this show NO remorse. it is becoming epidemic across the nation with black youth killing or beating white people.

 

I say we do away with MR luther king's Bday observance, and black history month since they love to urinate on the legacy of those who genuinely struggled for equality through peaceful means.

 

DR. Martin luther king jr. would probably rollover in his grave if he knew

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Lord Method Man

Tell me again why I don't need a firearm for protection again?

 

Because the police will be there in 45 minutes to protect you if anything happens.

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KingCracker

Because the police will be there in 45 minutes to protect you if anything happens.

Lol you aint far from the truth. 

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