Police Seeking 2 Black Suspects For Beating & Murder Of A White 88 Year Old WWII War Veteran – #HateCrime

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August 22, 2013 – UPDATE: Press Release From The Spokane Police Department: Spokane Police release surveillance photos of persons of interest in the homicide of an 88 year old man, occurring in N. Spokane last night. Anyone with information about either of the suspects is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233. On 08-21-13 around 8:15pm Spokane Police responded to Eagles Lodge, 6410 N Lidgerwood on a call of an assault. When officers responded they located a 88 year-old man in his car with serious injuries to his head. He was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

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Spokane Police are looking for two suspects in the incident. They are described by witnesses as young African American males of average build.

Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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The man assaulted has been identified as 88-year-old Delbert Belton, a WWII Veteran

KHQ.COM – 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.

UPDATE: The man assaulted has been identified as 88-year-old Delbert Belton. He has two sisters that still live in Spokane. His friends say Delbert was a WWII Veteran and a former employee at Kaiser Aluminum in Spokane Valley.


SPOKANE, Wash. – The 88-year-old man who was assaulted Wednesday night outside of an ice arena at 6321 N. Addison has died.

Spokane Police are actively searching for two suspects described as black males between the ages of 16-19. Both were wearing dark clothing and one was wearing a do-rag. They are both suspected in the killing of the elderly man which occurred around 8pm on Wednesday night. Anyone with any information on either of the suspects is asked to contact Spokane police immediately.

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