Why Shorty was murdered: He fought back
Local police in Washington State have released to the public the reason 88-year-old murder victim Delbert Belton was beaten to death by two teens – he fought back, as reported by CBS News on Aug. 26, 2013.
World War II veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart medal for wounds received in combat, the former United States Army warrior who has been adopted by many as America’s Grandpa, Delbert “Shorty” Belton was recently beaten to death by two teens in Spokane, Washington in what police are calling a robbery gone wrong.
The Spokane Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub stated at a press conference:
Our information is that the individual fought back and that may have made this, you know, a worse situation.
Perhaps realizing he just may have committed a major faux-pas, Chief Straub quickly added:
I’m not being critical of Mr. Belton, we certainly encourage individuals to fight back, and he should have.But it shouldn’t have happened to begin with.
Mr. Belton’s daughter-in-law stated that the 5 foot tall victim was hit with “big heavy flashlights” and doctors told her he was “bleeding from all parts of his face.”
In a separate report from NBC’s WSMV of Aug. 26, 2013, Belton’s body was eventually found wedged between the two front seats of the car he was killed in.
Local doctors informed his family he lost too much blood to survive.
A teen-ager himself at the time, Shorty took a bullet in 1945 when he and thousands of other young American men slugged it out with the Imperial Japanese Army in the bloodiest land battle of the Pacific Theater, the taking of the enemy-held island of Okinawa.
Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16, was charged with first-degree murder for the slaying of 88-year-old combat vet along with another 16-year-old, Demetruis Glenn, was arrested last week.
Both will be charged as adults.