Thousands Gather to Honor WWII Veteran Delbert 'Shorty' Belton

Thousands Gather to Honor WWII Veteran Delbert 'Shorty' Belton

With the second suspect believed to have been involved in his death is still on the loose, thousands gathered in Spokane, WA on August 23 to honor WWII Army veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton.

88-year old Belton was attacked and beaten with flashlights by two black teens outside of Eagles Lodge on August 21.

CBS Seattle reported Belton’s daughter-in-law said the attackers “used those big flashlights” and “doctors said he was bleeding from all parts of his face.”

Belton’s friends were shocked their dear friend–who survived being shot during WWII–ended up being killed in a parking lot attack in Spokane at the hands of fellow citizens.

Thousands of people attended the August 23 candlelight vigil for Belton, including many people who had not even known him but came to “pay tribute to an American hero.”

Police have made one arrest in the attack that took Belton’s life; a second suspect is still on the run.

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