August 23rd, 2013
09:26 AM ET

Two Teens Accused in Beating Death of WWII Veteran

Police in Spokane, Washington, are investigating the disturbing death of a WWII veteran.

Delbert Belton, also known as Shorty, 89, was allegedly beaten to death by two teenagers.

Now police are on an all-out search for the suspects investigators say are between 16 and 19 years old.

“He survived enemy attack in World War II only to be savagely beat to death at home,” reports CNN’s Michaela Pereira.

Family and friends are outraged as they fondly remember the war hero.

According to police, Belton was attacked in his car Wednesday night while he was waiting for a friend outside a pool hall where he often played.

Officers say Belton’s friend found him badly beaten inside the car and saw two teenagers running away.

Belton died Thursday morning from severe injuries.

Det. Lieutenant Mark Griffiths said the attack appears to be random.

"He was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication…that he would have known these people prior to the assault.”

Friend Ted Denison says the suspects must be caught: ”because that's senseless, beating an old man. What kind of a person does that?”

Pereira reports, “Friends of Shorty have put up a memorial outside the pool hall, as they hold out hope that the kind, old man who gave so much for his country will get justice in the end,”

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