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Outrage Erupts Online Over Two Black Teenagers Suspected Of Beating A World War II Veteran To Death

“Trayvon Martin was likelier to have been one of those kids who killed Delbert Belton than to have been an innocent victim like him.”

1. Delbert Belton, a World War II veteran from Spokane, Wash., died Thursday morning.


Dylan Wohlenhaus

@DylanWohlenhaus

Delbert Belton: Assaulted by two men at Eagles Ice Arena Wednesday. He died this morning. @KHQLocalNews

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2. According to witnesses, Belton was walking in the parking lot of a local Eagles Lodge when two male suspects attacked him.


Dylan Wohlenhaus

@DylanWohlenhaus

Suspect # 2 @SpokanePD believe this is one of the men who assaulted Delbert Belton @KHQLocalNews

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3. Belton, who went by Shorty, fought in the Pacific Theater of World War II, surviving being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa.


Dylan Wohlenhaus

@DylanWohlenhaus

Here’s Belton working on a car. Friends & family say he was a “great guy” @KHQLocalNews

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4. According to Belton’s friends in the community he was a nice old man who spent his days fixing cars and his evenings playing pool.


KATSKAN

@TheRaytedex

This is for you Mr. Delbert Belton 🇺🇸 “And I stand up next to you & defend her still today”#DelbertBelton

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Casey Lund KXLY

@caseylundkxly

Flag @ the eagles lodges at half mast after WWII vet Delbert Belton was beaten to death on Wednesday night #kxly

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6. The two suspects responsible for the attack are still at large.

BREAKING: Photos released of suspects allegedley involved in death of 88yr old Delbert Belton. @KHQLocalNews

— Dylan Wohlenhaus (@DylanWohlenhaus)

Dylan Wohlenhaus

@DylanWohlenhaus

BREAKING: Photos released of suspects allegedley involved in death of 88yr old Delbert Belton. @KHQLocalNews

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7. Belton’s beating shocked both his local community…

Memorial set up at Fraternal Order of Eagles for deadly assault elderly victim #Delbert #Belton@krem2

— Othello Richards (@OthelloRichards)

Othello Richards

@OthelloRichards

Memorial set up at Fraternal Order of Eagles for deadly assault elderly victim #Delbert #Belton@krem2

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Memorial growing outside Eagles Lounge for Delbert "Shorty" Belton. @KHQLocalNews WWII Vet

— Dylan Wohlenhaus (@DylanWohlenhaus)

Dylan Wohlenhaus

@DylanWohlenhaus

Memorial growing outside Eagles Lounge for Delbert “Shorty” Belton. @KHQLocalNews WWII Vet

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9. …and the Internet at large, with some users drawing connections between Belton’s attackers and Trayvon Martin.

Trayvon Martin was likelier to have been one of those kids who killed Delbert Belton than to have been an innocent victim like him.

— Righty (@PINSKO)

Righty

@PINSKO

Trayvon Martin was likelier to have been one of those kids who killed Delbert Belton than to have been an innocent victim like him.

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Delbert Belton is murdered by 2 black kids and it's not race related, but Trayvon's death is instantly race related #dumb @TaterSWAGreturn

— Ryan Lugar (@ryanlugar)

Ryan Lugar

@ryanlugar

Delbert Belton is murdered by 2 black kids and it’s not race related, but Trayvon’s death is instantly race related #dumb @TaterSWAGreturn

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If you were worked up about what happened to Trayvon, but don't care about Chris Lane or Delbert Belton, you are definitely a racist.

— Ron. (@jusDontWakeMeUp)

Ron.

@jusDontWakeMeUp

If you were worked up about what happened to Trayvon, but don’t care about Chris Lane or Delbert Belton, you are definitely a racist.

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I can't wait to hear all the trayvon martin apologists spin on this Delbert Belton murder

— Kay Gribbles (@OMkG92)

Kay Gribbles

@OMkG92

I can’t wait to hear all the trayvon martin apologists spin on this Delbert Belton murder

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13. Spokane police told the press that they are looking for two African Americans between 16 and 19 years old.

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
Contact Ryan Broderick at ryan@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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