BRAD MERRIMAN – JOURNALIST/TACD NEWS – Outside a pool hall in Spokane Washington, a man affectionately nicknamed ‘shorty’ for his height, was waiting for a friend outside his favorite pool hall, the Eagles Ice-A-Rena, Wednesday night, seemingly minding his own business, when he was attacked. Delbert Belton, 88 years old, had survived a bullet to the leg in Okinawa during WWII, but he would not survive this night. Two African American youths allegedly mercilessly beat Belton and left him for dead, Belton died from his injuries on Thurs. It is alleged that two teens perpetrated attack, they range in age from 16-19 years old, one teen has been arrested and charged with one count of first degree robbery, and one count of first degree murder. It appears that the weapon used to beat Belton was a heavy flashlight.
It is unclear at this time if there was a motive for the attack, or if it was similar in motive, to what happened in Oklahoma on August 16. In that case 3 African American teens decided they were bored, so they shot and killed the first random man who went jogging by, he happened to be Australian baseball hopeful Christopher Lane. There have been 3 arrests in that case.
In an ironic twist, Delbert Belton was waiting for a female friend outside the pool hall to walk her home, he didn’t want her to risk walking home alone. Belton was known around town as a kind and gentle man who worked on cars, danced at the local pub, and played pool, even though he was not very good at it.
Lillian Duncan was the friend Belton was waiting for outside the pool hall, she told a Spokesman-Review reporter, “He was so awesome,” Duncan told the paper. “Anybody that didn’t get to know him missed out on a wonderful angel in their life.”