(CNN) – 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. He survived that attack.
But Wednesday night, Belton — affectionately called “Shorty” by friends for his height — headed to the Eagles Lodge where he was a regular. Police found him in the parking lot, with serious head injuries. He died Thursday.
“It does appear random,” Spokane police Lt. Mark Griffiths told reporters. “It appears he was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault.”
“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.” Police are looking for two suspects. Witnesses described them as “young African American males of average build,” according to a police statement.
Reminds me of how I’ve been mentioning some of my favorite recurring blog segments recently, except the EXACT fucking opposite. Another story of “bored teenagers” just roaming around the street looking for somebody to murder. Second one of the week. What the fuck is going on? So sad. Just not the way a hero like Delbert “Shorty” Belton should go out. A guy who fought at Okinawa and took bullets for his country and surviving only to wind up dead from random fuckhead kids who wanted to be tough guys. Seriously if this is the world we live in now, where bored kids skip “going to the movies or the mall or a basement to drink” and go straight to “first degree cold blooded murder,” I don’t even wanna be a part of that.