posted on Aug, 22 2013 @ 08:32 PM
(Source: Story Link Below)
Simply saying it's unacceptable doesn't do the matter justice. It really doesn't. Let me share what happened here. The police even got very clear
(for a change) video stills of the two guys who did it.
WWII veteran Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two teens at the
Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening.
Belton, 89, died from the injuries he suffered in the beating Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
This is clearly in the tragedy category of violent crime and they believe it was random. The teens just picked him for some reason they figured was
good enough and beat him to death. As the story reports, he didn't die at the scene but shortly after.
"Shorty," as he was known by his friends at the Eagles Lodge, served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during WWII and was shot in the leg during
the Battle of Okinawa. He went on to work at Kaiser Aluminum at the company's Trentwood plant for more than 30 years. Belton's wife passed away
several years ago.
He loved playing pool, even though he claimed he was no good at it and had been a member of the Eagles Lodge for the last four months. In addition to
playing pool he loved working on cars.
Sounds like a nice guy and a traditional American from the "Greatest Generation", as they're known. It's sure one heck of a way for a life like
that to end. By random, brutal violence of a couple teens.
Spokane police are looking for two male suspects in the attack. They said the suspects are African Americans between 16 and 19 years old. One
suspect was described as heavy set and wearing all black clothing. The other was described as being about 6 feet tall and 150 pounds. There was no
description of what clothing the second suspect was wearing other than a silk
It's important to note. Nothing in the story is suggesting it's racial, nor am I. It could just as easily have been an old Chinese or Mexican man
unless we hear differently. Age, is the reason I say that. I think they picked him for his obvious weakness in comparison. Not so much as a White old
There is simply no indication it was anything more than 2 legged predators that took down an older man, relatively alone in a parking lot. That was
far more than enough though. Brave, these two....are not. Really. Teenagers against a man pushing 90. The Brutality of this is absolutely unbelievable
and I do hope they get these two soon.
Here is the follow up with the Police images of the two...and no, it isn't of them committing the crime. They were right next to another business it
looks like they went in and out of to have been recorded.
Suspects aren't always in $10 quality fuzzy video
What is this nation coming to? Life is becoming as cheap as it is in any 3rd world back alley, right out in public and full view. Some people ask why
defense is something Americans have a real concern with. This should answer questions like that, at least to some degree. This society keeps getting
more and more brutal out of age groups often the least capable of compassion, empathy or reasoning with.