World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton has been murdered at the age of 88, beaten to death in Spokane, Washington, outside an Eagle Loddge where he was headed to play pool.
Witnesses, corroborated by surveillance footage, say he was attacked by two teenagers.
Many are saddened and outraged by this horrific news. Here are some of the tweets from those severely upset by the death of Belton, an American hero who was fought for the Army in the Pacific Theater and was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa.
#DelbertBelton of the Greatest Generation was murdered by punks that represent the worst of the newest generation.
— Mister H (@ATHudd) August 23, 2013
— Michelle Dryjanski (@mchelldryjanski) August 23, 2013
— Mandi (@Messy_Wife) August 23, 2013
I'm Retweeting every tweet with #DelbertBelton or Delbert Belton in it to get him trending. It's the least we can do.
— Mamadoxie (@Mamadoxie) August 23, 2013
— Melva (@mmoore229) August 23, 2013
— Steve Stauning (@SteveStauning) August 23, 2013
— Mark Burr (@86GTBurr) August 23, 2013
You survive being wounded at Okinawa, only to be taken out by street vermin in your final years. Disgusting. #DelbertBelton
— Adam Hester (@GCSounderFan) August 23, 2013
— Dave Clark (@chivalrypro) August 22, 2013
#DelbertBelton thank you for your service to our country may you rest in peace. To the thugs who beat you to death may justice be swift
— James O'Sullivan (@jos114) August 23, 2013