August 23rd, 2013
02:37 AM ET

WWII vet, 88, beaten to death by teens

An 88-year-old World War II veteran was brutally beaten and left for dead by two teens outside a lounge in Spokane, Washington, where he loved to go play pool.

The motive? Police don't have one. The teens appeared to have picked him at random, authorities say.

Delbert Belton, a retired aluminum company worker, served in the Pacific. There, friends say, he took a bullet in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa.

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  1. James

    This better hit national media.. I'm sick an tired of things like this being dust off or a 2 minute coverage on tv and end it.

    August 23, 2013 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jiminez

      Amen sir. As long as these people don't have fathers in their lives this will continue.

      August 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jiminez

      O b o z o certainly won't address the issue of black kids with no dads around. He will send an investigative team to AZ to ask a kid that wore a con fed er ate flag bandana why tho. What's wrong with this r a c I s t picture?

      August 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose Jimenez

      Seventy five percent of black kids have no father in their lives. Where IS the POTUS on this nonsense that destroys black America ? Chirp chirp chirp.

      August 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gumdrop

    WOW I am surprised, CNN is reporting racially motivated crime. Moreover it is a shame the youthful offenders are apparently not being raised correctly. King Obama should do something about how all these youthful offenders that are running around the country injuring innocent hard working people.

    August 23, 2013 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    There is absolutely no evidence that any racism was involved in this random incident. Perhaps it was some kind of misunderstanding.
    Sometimes teenagers act out, senselessly, because they are bored. That is society's fault: we must give bored young gentlemen something to do, and more money.

    August 23, 2013 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jiminez

      No evidence sir? Oh my u r misguided. And you call this a simple "distraction". Ok so was Rosa Parks. Black racism is alive and well sorry to say. If a couple "homies" stomped my old man because they were bored they would have their teeth meeting my fist

      August 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      You can almost see Joey scratching his left armpit with his left hand as he wrote this garbage.

      August 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      Seriously...are you as big a moron as your words indicate you are?

      August 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    USA citizens, uh, residents must not be distracted by random, senseless violence just because it happens within our borders. We have more important issues, such as Syrian domestic fighting, India's society, Middle East peace talks, and college tuition.

    August 23, 2013 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Look–Ben Affleck is going to play Batman! Wow!

    August 23, 2013 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Ok i seriously doubt thats really Joey. And when you don't allow parents to correct their children this is what you end up with! My dad wouldn't have put up with this disrespectful behavior for 2 notes before i would be feelin a switch!

    August 23, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. MacDuff

    Where is Obama's outrage? These 2 should be shot or made to go fight the Taliban in Northern Afghanistan. What useless punks.

    August 23, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose Jimenez

      Chirp chirp chirp. That's o bombas outrage while the r a c is t speaks of tolerance.

      August 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul

    Joey if it was two white boys beating an old black man it would be racism.. That is a FACT.. this is no different. The NAACP would have jumped up and screamed racism.. Jessy Jackson would be on the news, Rev Sharpton all over this if it was two white boys on an old black man... it is always in the news.. But its not Racism when to black boys kill someone.. shame on you and shame on NAACP

    August 23, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Average Joe

    Sounds like the people of Spokane need to RALLY-up a lynch mob and get busy with a coon-hunt ! (Seriously ).

    August 23, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Bri

      I totally agree! Lets make it nationwide!

      August 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    So Obama is supposed to get involved with every tragic event??? Wth? Hes just one man and that aint superman! Lol

    August 23, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Helga

      Shame on you to add LOL to a very silly comment on a tragic crime.
      It is your attitude and lack of moral fibre that is contributing to the breakdown of your society .

      August 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose Jimenez

      He injected himself in the arena with the whole zimmerman thing Chrissy. I didn't. He did! But let's forget about that shall we

      August 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    And teenagers are just evil! Particularly teenage boys!

    August 23, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Marc1954

    Well, this will make 5 hangings this week. Please America let's start getting rid of crap like this.

    August 23, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Bri

      Grab a gun, lets buy some rope and have a party!

      August 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Just a guy

    I hate that this happened,..specially to a ww2 vet who offered his life to protect america just to be killed by some dumb niggas..thats why people see us like theu do..the good arent appreciated and the niggas actin out is all america see...they need to be persecuted...no one can speak whole heartedly otherwise unless you think race plays a factor..teens kill a vet..no need to be rediculous going into color, its still a tragedy

    August 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Agreed @ Marc1954! We need to start teaching children respect the way our parents taught us!! And worry more about our own country and whats being brought into it ie: drugs that are affecting our kids, rather than other countries and their religions! They don't give 2 sh!ts about ours so let em clean up their own messes! And let em finance it on their own as well! Its not our job or responsibliity!

    August 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Agreed @ Marc1954! We need to start teaching children respect the way our parents taught us!! And worry more about our own country and whats being brought into it ie: drugs that are affecting our kids, rather than other countries and their religions! They don't give a crap about ours so let em clean up their own messes! And let em finance it on their own as well! Its not our job or responsibliity!

    August 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
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