UPDATE: WWII Vet Assaulted In N. Spokane Dies; Suspect Photos Released
– Police say two teens assaulted 88-year-old Delbert Belton outside the Eagles Lodge in North Spokane Wednesday night around 8pm. Belton was rushed to the hospital where he was placed in the intensive care unit but later died. Police are actively searching for two suspects. They are described to be 16-19 in age, black males & both wearing black clothing, one was wearing a black “Do-Rag” police say.
Family & friends of Delbert Belton tell KHQ’s Dylan Wohlenhaus that Delbert was “full of life” at 88-years-old. They say Belton loved working on cars and helping out others. Belton also served overseas in the military in WWII.
Friends of Belton say he was wounded in WWII in Okinawa but survived. Police have not said if or what the motive was for the beating. Police believe this was a random attack.
A makeshift memorial has been set up at the crime scene to honor Belton.