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.


Filed under: Crime • U.S.
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  1. chrissy

    Yup and HE wouldnt call me babe or smart azz, Jeffrey Grant Roem!

    August 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    So @ Jeffrey, whatever blows your skirt up. Be whoever you wanta be just quit stealing other bloggers names! Most of us don't mind conversing with you whatever name you choose as long as you don't steal ours! Well at least i have no prob conversing with you anyway. Most times you're even funny!

    August 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Actually

      The way he spells his name is J E F F E R Y. He's playing the semantics card.

      August 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    After the killing of an Australian by teenagers who 'had nothing better to do' this is symptomatic of a sickness in our society.
    Undoubtedly the traditional family values, discipline and the family unit is considered a thing of the past well left behind in our quest for unbridled 'personal freedom'.

    Overnight fame,wealth & celebrity status. Things material . Ease & comfort – desirables. Hard work & morality (which is now taboo) to be shunned.

    August 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • And

      It's ever so much easier to blame the President than to actually parent your kids; it's the excuse du jour for the failings of the past 50 years. As if.

      August 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Must be

      Another of his personalities.

      August 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jay jay

    Wow. Very good memory banz! It's going ok. Have the day off today for the first time in sixteen days. Thank you for asking. How are the govt funded children of yours?

    August 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Actually, no one really cares! And as for THIS story, ive seen no mention of either race or if they were from 2 parent homes! So based on that your posts are just supositions based on your personal feelings about those two topics! Which makes YOU appear to be the racist.

    August 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    This shapes the mindset of the young and coupled with the penchant for violence in our political thought process the young are restless and directionless.

    August 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    further comments blocked

    August 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Funny how

      The bigot in blue isn't.

      August 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Who is banz?

    August 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jay jay

    Oh she's a figment of my imagination smarty pants. Lol. Love the banter but my girl is really gonna kick my ass if I don't get off the dang phone. Later taters

    August 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Good grief @ Jay jay, you've posted several times that you work in an optical shop! Doncha think el trollio knows also? He knows many things about all of us and its believed that he works at cnn also. And banasy hasnt posted. And that was way rude even for you about her children being gov funded. You know her husband works for UPS! 🙁

    August 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Time to

    Give your Obamaphone back.

    August 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. How is the Optical Shop

    Your whole persona is a figment of your imagination. Projection is ugly, jay jay.

    August 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BHB

    Blacks make up 12% of the total US population, yet that 12% commits more than 60% of all violent crimes in the US. What's wrong with this picture?

    August 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ BHB, might have a little something with how they've been treated almost forever here doncha think? Comments like those posted here sure can't bring out the goodness in them i would imagine. For instance no where in this article did they mention the race of these kids but you all are assuming they're black!

    August 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • FedUp

      "might have a little something with how they've been treated almost forever here doncha think?"
      Actually... no... I don't believe that. Else Jews would be the most dangerous people on the streets. If you want to blame it on treatment, past or present. Just saying...

      August 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    What's so shocking about this story. The "new world order" wants all us older generation dead, hook or crook, to screw us what IS rightfully ours that we earned all of our lives.

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