WWII Vet, Beaten By Teens, Dies

WWII Vet, Beaten By Teens, Dies

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Police in Washington State are searching for two young suspects who beat a World War II veteran to death in a parking lot on Wednesday night.

The Spokane Police Department says, in a press release, that officers responded to reports of an assault and found the victim in his car with serious head injuries. He later died in the hospital.

Authorities on Thursday released surveillance photos of the two suspects, who they describe as African-American males between the ages of 16 and 19. They believe the attack was random.

Friends identified the victim as Delbert Belton, 88, and say he was sitting outside a lodge for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles when he was attacked.

KXLY-TV reports that Belton served in Army during World War II and was shot in the leg during the Battle for Okinawa.

The station says he went on to work for Kaiser Aluminum for 30 years. Friends say he was known as "Shorty," and enjoyed playing pool and working on cars. His wife passed away several years ago.

"He was always there for me when I needed him," Ted Denison, Delbert's best friend, told KXLY-TV. "We'd joke back and forth. We were always having fun, some sort of fun."

The Spokane Police Department is asking anyone with information to call their hotline at 456-2233. Click here for surveillance photographs of the two suspects.

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