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. barry bouchard

    sick to my stomach, this is horrible. did the teens not have gameboys,or cell phones etc. they have to beat someone to death for the fun of it. hope they catch them.

    August 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    Why is this not an article on you headline! Certainly seems to be shuffled down in importance compared to other recent similar stories.

    August 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • scgator2001

      this is another racist motivated hate crime, but the liberal media does NOT report black on white crime. There is a trial in Georgia about black teens who KILLED A WHITE BABY while the mother walked him on the street. It is not in the headlines because it is BLACK on WHITE, not Obama's agenda.

      August 24, 2013 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. KR

    This is so unacceptable. Why do these things happen. They should reap what they sow. "Do unto others" comes to mind. Theirs will come.

    August 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bono

    Animals act like this not normal human beings.

    August 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Desmond Morris

      Why do you think that?

      August 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sick & Tired of the BS

      The sad part of ur statement is, I've seen animals act better than some humans......

      August 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DRC

    The sad part is when this story first broke who did you think did it and were you surprised?

    August 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Faith

    You do know you are quite insane, don't you? Please adjust your tinfoil cap. Thank you.

    August 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mario

    Fifteen states in the union pay what equals to fifteen bucks an hour while on Welfare. Why work? What's the point? What a flippin joke!

    August 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Jim

      Now now miss F aith. I deal in fa cts look I t up. Can't do it for u. BTW. The repulsi ve word u just used is very off ensive. Learn some man nors plz

      August 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faith

      Did you just have a stroke while typing this? Weird spacing and light on facts.

      August 23, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gandy

      "Fifteen states in the union pay what equals to fifteen bucks an hour while on Welfare." What do you mean what equals 15 dollars per hour? Either it's 15 dollars or it isn't. Citation or it's lies. And if you are talking about those who still get SNAP because they aren't paid a living wage and cannot feed their kids, they're not unionized. I call BS.

      August 23, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Faith

    So talking to yourself is a point of pride? We call that "schizophrenia".

    August 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Faith

    Who the heck is Jay Jay? Is that the one trying to get out of paying child support? He sounds like a deadbeat dad who wants his kids to go on SNAP.

    August 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ Faith, while i agree with you about the insane part i don't think its neccessary to insult the mentally impaired by adding this character to their specialness! Because the mentally impaired are very special and Gods most loved children.

    August 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faith

      I didn't call HIM anything. Read it again. I said his post was retarded, because talking about unions here was totally retarded. The word doesn't apply to only people.

      August 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Lol @ Faith yup thats him. He posted last nite that he was a "child support VICTIM", on the thread about Hannah. Shoulda kept it in his pants shouldnt he? Lol

    August 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faith

      He sounds like the victim of his own ego.

      August 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. G. Lee

    This really P!$$es me off! To think that today's punk-azzed brats from the "hood" would beat a guy who laid down his life to defend their freedoms is sickening. Everyone needs to remind the next black (particularly Sharpton, Jackson, Green, Obama, who mouths off about the incarceration rate of blacks of incidents like this. "Not a race related crime" says the Spokane Police Chief? That chief should be beaten and stoned. Blacks refuse to acknowledge the fact that they themselves are the cause of most of the racial tensions that exist today. The time is coming: either blacks start cleaning up their own mess (doubtful) or, vigilante paybacks will commence. The first step in curing a problem is to acknowledge one exists- and blacks don't see anything wrong with their behavior. These aren't blacks- they're /Viggers- rotten to the core. They deserve to be eliminated.

    August 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • G. Lee

      I need to die before my hate causes me to shoot innocent people at a gradeschool.

      August 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gandy

      "That chief should be beaten and stoned." Was there any evidence they did this BECAUSE he was white? You should be charged with hate speech. I pray to GOD the NSA is watching you, you creep.

      August 23, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • scgator2001

      the chief should not be stoned. He should be fired. It obviously was PROBABLY a racist hate crime but is no being reported as that because it is NOT Obama's WHITE ON BLACK crime. Blacks attack whites daily yet it is not reported as such. Most understand why Obama and the other race baiters singled out Zimmerman.

      Hey news media, we know you are covering for the lies that Obama lives behind.

      August 24, 2013 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • FedUp

      "You should be charged with hate speech"..... ??? Really???
      He'd have to get in line behind people like Sharpton and Jackson....
      While I may or may not agree with his statement... he still has the civil right of free speech. And I support "the rights".

      August 26, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rupert

    @ faith. Are u high on caffine everyday

    August 23, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Ok @ Faith, then i apologise. I just find that word offensive because my only son is severely mentally impaired. But you are correct his behavior is rather impaired! But you go girl you're doing a very fine job of putting the little toad in place lol.

    August 23, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    @ G. Lee, i have read this article several times as well as the full story on the home page and neither one mentions the race of the perps so why must you bring that biggoted BS here?

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

      USA Today shows a picture of one of the guys. He is black.

      August 23, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
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