Hitting pretty close to home. My hubby used to play the lounge at the Eagles in Spokane. Lovely place.
Witnesses described the suspects as 16 to 18-year-old African American males of average build, according to authorities.
The 88-year-old victim, Delbert "Shorty" Belton, had been taken to the Intensive Care Unit after the assault at the Eagles Ice-A-Rena at Francis near Lidgerwood around 8:15 p.m. Officials said they found him with serious head injuries. He died Thursday morning at a local hospital.
"He was an Army veteran," said Glenn Longsdorff, Belton's roommate of four years. "In fact, he was shot when he was 18-years-old on the beaches of Okinawa. He'll do anything in the world for anybody."
"He's one hell of a guy," said Ted Denison, a friend of Belton. "He'll do anything in the world for anybody."
Investigators said Belton was attacked in the parking lot behind the arena, belonging to the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He had just arrived in his car to play pool with a female friend. A witness said she saw two young men run away from Belton's car. She found him by his vehicle badly beaten.