RIP Delbert “Shorty” Belton

Delbert “Shorty” Belton became famous this week, but it happened for all the wrong reasons.

Mr. Belton was beaten and robbed by two thugs in Spokane, Washington this last week in a crime that shocked the nation. When he was found he was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries to his head, but it was too late and Mr. Belton died in the hospital last Thursday.

The police quickly apprehended the violent criminals who perpetrated the crime. However, having no respect for the man that they murdered the two claimed that victim was actually their crack dealer. The police says there is no evidence or any prior history to support the claim that Mr. Belton was a drug dealer. Mr. Belton’s friends also, sharply deny that he would have had anything to do with illicit drugs.

The teenagers will be tried as adults and Spokane County District Judge Debra Hayes went so far as to have the two criminals moved from a juvenile jail to the Spokane County Jail.

Delbert BeltonMr. Belton was a hero who fought for his country during World War II and was even wounded during fighting at the Battle of Okinawa. He served his country and then came home and lived a full life as a member of his local community.

On Thursday he was buried with full military honors at a cemetery in his hometown of Spokane.

During Thursday’s service for Mr. Belton hundreds of people showed up from his local community to pay their respects. More than five hundred motorcyclists from the group Patriot Guard Riders also showed up to give their support to the family and friends of Mr. Belton. His friends remembered him as a kind man who enjoyed dancing, playing pool and working on cars.

Delbert “Shorty” Belton was 88 years old.


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Onan Coca

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Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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