A WWII Vet, 88-year-old Delbert Belton was beaten to death on Wednesday night by two African-American teenagers.
The boys apparently approached Belton’s car as he waited for a friend in a parking lot in Spokane.
One of the teenagers who allegedly carried out the random attack which resulted in the death of the victim in hospital on Thursday, is 16-year-old Demetruis Glenn. Glenn was arrested by Spokane police on Thursday night, after his lawyer contacted them. The second suspect is Glenn’s friend, 16-year-old Kenan D. Adams-Kinard, who is still at large.
The WWII vet was beaten very severely and died from head injuries. Delbert Belton, known fondly to his friends as “shorty”, fought with U.S. forces in the battle of Okinawa.
Belton was waiting outside a pool hall for a friend. He enjoyed playing pool regularly and also liked working on cars. KXLY spoke to Belton’s best friend of 23 years, Ted Denison, who said about him: “He was always there for me when I needed him. I thought of him more as a dad than I did a friend really.”
Frank Staub, the local police chief, spoke to the media, informing them that the second suspect, Adams-Kinard, is still at large: “We are asking the community’s assistance to locate him. We are asking Mr. Kinard to surrender immediately.”
Staub confirmed that both youths already had previous records and past convictions and were known to the police. Speaking about the force used in the attack, he said about Adams-Kinard: “He displayed very aggressive and violent conduct with his assault of Mr. Belton.”
The way in which Delbert Belton, the WWII vet was beaten to death has outraged many people, especially in view of his war record. It remains to be seen exactly what action will be taken against the juveniles, and if there will be “justice for Delbert Belton.”