Teens Accused of Beating Elderly WWII Veteran To Death

SPOKANE, Wash. (August 23, 2013)—Two teenagers are suspected of beating an elderly World War II victim to death in Spokane, Wash., and police say one of the two was in custody Friday.

Authorities say the two teens, who are between the ages of 16 and 19, approached Delbert Belton, 88, as he sat in his car Wednesday night outside an Eagles Lodge waiting for a friend.

Officers later found Belton, who suffered serious head injuries in the attack and died Thursday in a hospital.

Spokane Police say they have surveillance images of the attackers.

Belton was a survivor of the Battle of Okinawa who was born and reared in Spokane.

Friends said he was shot in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa, where thousands of American soldiers died.

After the war, he spent 33 years working for Kaiser Aluminum, before retiring in 1982.


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