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

    Lol @ Gandy, i agree its BS! And yet that same person making that statement has no objections to our "high end welfare recipients" also known as Congress. They get paid 174 k a year plus free vehicles, free medical, free meals and most times free housing all just for showing up 126 days a year, while producing nothing in those 126 days! Thats welfare!

    August 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Yea ok. I dont think i wanta even know what kinda website that might be.

    August 24, 2013 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lololol what an imagination you have el trollio! Dude, you really need to find a different hobby! Not hamsta @1:42 and definitely not me@ 1:57!

    August 24, 2013 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jerry

    I wonder will Jessie Jackson head up a march or protest about this? This wrong and very sad.

    August 24, 2013 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer Rubin

      Did you ask our President directly, Rhonda? Because when a questioned is asked, he will answer. He was specifically asked about TM. Can you imagine what the pundits would have to say if he said "I cannot say anything about that lest the media misconstrue what I say"?

      August 24, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. mick kazman

    to bad the poor old vet was not armed...stand your vets ground.........

    August 24, 2013 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. jack

    another of many senseless murders conducted by BLACKS against WHITES. I'm quite surprised it made it on the news media because they only report crimes where black people are the victim.

    August 24, 2013 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer Rubin

      Quite untrue, as evidenced here, but don't let facts get in the way of your post.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • FedUp

      I agree Jack. I'm surprised this was reported in the main stream media as they cater to the "low information voter" and mired with bias. The low information voter is a cancer to a free nation.

      August 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jack

    IT WAS A HATE CRIME. but that will never be said

    August 24, 2013 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer Rubin

      Do you know something even the police do not know? If so, share. Thank you.

      August 24, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. merc850

    "that could have been my father" and i get to take the Winchester out from under the bed

    August 24, 2013 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Krispy

    Here is all the proof you need to see why 'Stand your Ground ' laws are needed – as older folks who cannot physically fight off younger criminals need to protect their lives – end of story!

    August 24, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer Rubin

      Yes, I wish the gentleman had a gun. It is sad.

      August 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. FedUp

    Where are the t-shirts printed with "JUSTICE FOR DELBERT BELTON"??? Hmmm??

    August 24, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Sick & Tired of the BS

      I'm pretty sure, if white people were to wear a shirt for justice for Delbert, it would be considered a HATE issue and we would be in trouble......again !!!!

      August 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • FedUp

      You will have to stand at some point, regardless. Just review the "War On The Horizon" website operated by a Homeland Security employee, a hate site approved by that agency. Might as well wear your t-shirt now... lol.

      August 24, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. FedUp

    If I had a son... he would look like Delbert Belton...

    August 24, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer Rubin

      Would you have preferred the President not answer a question put directly to him?

      August 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • FedUp

      Actually, yes, I would prefer he not make public statements where he selectively speaks against one act of violence and not another. He gives the appearance of endorsement by selectively not addressing one act of violence over another, furthering a feeling of division. An intended result, I think. Simply look at his track record.

      August 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • FedUp

      Specific example: (just 1 of several) POTUS interjects readily and freely in the Zimmerman incident but has his spokesman deflect a question regarding Christopher Lane on the basis it is "an ongoing investigation". Zimmerman was also an "ongoing investigation" at the time of the POTUS interjection. His "selective" interjections are purposeful. I would prefer he stay out of it all together. Same with the inJustice Department. Don't expect them to get involved here as they are with Zimmerman. They stated their position back during the voting incident in Philly. Least we forget.

      August 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO

    I hate to imagine the slant of the media if Delbert Belton was armed and shot the two 16 year olds to death.

    Do you all still think Zimmerman should have been found guilty?

    August 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO

    Spike Lee and Roseanne Barr will be posting their addresses on Twitter.

    August 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • FedUp

      Bwaaahaahaa! That's funny... but true.

      August 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO

    I haven't heard Al Sharpton yet, but he probably thinks those two poor kids were fighting for their lives.

    August 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOMBO

    Political correctness is out of control. A couple of years ago I was watching a boxing match on TV. White guy vs black guy. Both were wearing black trunks with 2 or 3 red stripes. The commentator was pointing out which fighter had 2 stripes and which one had 3 instead of just saying which one was black and which was white.

    August 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
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