16-Year-Old Accused of Beating of WWII Veteran Arrested as Hunt for Second Suspect Continues (VIDEO)

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memorial for shorty belton spokaneA 16-year-old has been arrested in the wake of the devastatingly vicious, fatal beating of 88-year-old WWII veteran and retired alumnium company worker Delbert "Shorty" Belton. The teen is now in custody and has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Authorities in Washington state said last night that they are still searching for another teen who is suspected of being a part of the brutal murder.

Police Chief Frank Straub Jr. identified the teen as Kenan Adams-Kinard. Usually juveniles aren't named in cases like this, but Straub noted that it was necessary because "he represents ... an actual danger to the community."

He continued ...

We're hoping that he surrenders. But, if not, I can assure the community that he'll be in custody pretty quickly.

Both the arrested suspect and Adams-Kinard have been arrested and convicted in the past, including on assault charges, Straub told CNN.

This whole series of events is incredibly disturbing and heartbreaking. With hope, this ongoing manhunt will lead to justice being served in the wake of this stomach-turning tragedy.

 More details from CNN below ...

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mande... manderspanders

2 black kids viciously murder an old white man... it isn't "random" it is RACIST and a HATE CRIME. 


I pray for Mr. Belton and his family... and when I see my 88 year old grandpa today (who is a wwII vet and living alone since Grandma passed in January) I'm going to cherish my time with him, hug him tighter.


Our society is totally fucked.

nonmember avatar Krelia

Remember when people were outraged Zimmerman used a gun on an innocent unarmed child? Kind of funny when unarmed "children"even younger brutally murder a Vet....

bills... billsfan1104

Agrees with Manders

Just waiting for Jesse, Al and Obama to come out.

Austi... Austinsmommy12

I agree @manderspanders! Treyvon Martin was a hate crime, and it was a minority killing a minority. If we're gonna assume racial motivation EVERY time a black person dies at the hands of a white person, the exact opposite should be true also. I'm sick of seeing things like this in the news. People are so despicable nowadays.

nonmember avatar Erin

Very brave of these neeegros to viciously savage and elderly man then hide......really tough guys huh? Sadder still, he is probably enjoying free food stamp dinners cooked or rather fried by his family who is hiding him. Sitting around the table defending his actions as something to do with Travon Martin smoking a black and mild. Next we will learn hes a father to three kids by three different girls......ahhhh the state of america

wamom223 wamom223

You know bills I get where your coming from but we are talking about my city now.  This is NOT a game and I'm sick of this shit!!!!!   Jesse, Al and Obama are not going to acknowledge there has been a rise in black crime against whites or that they pretty much begged for this reaction.  I don't know that these kids killed Shorty because he was white but I do know they have the same entitled attitude that Trayvon Martin had.  If Al or Jesse come here you know it will be to race bait and make things worse and I don't want to watch my city go through that.  I mean they have proof on social media that one of the monsters that killed the Australian baseball player was putting all sorts of hatred towards whites and Al Sharpton says it obviously isn't racial because one of the three was white.  And on top of all that I am watching the Stir write blogs about it and not even put up the photo of the guy still at large.  Watching people benefit off the death of someone in my town is making me pretty sick. 

nonmember avatar Lovely_marina

So ashamed to say I live in spokane. Our community is in complete disbelief. I am at a loss of words when it comes to the actions these two young men took against shorty. Such a heartbreaking situation I don't understand how two people could prey on an innocent elderly man. What's even more sickening is the amount of young people here in Spokane supporting these two animals. I read a post today on facebook from a girl who was friends with both the suspects her post literally said " lol you guys are mad because they killed a ww2 veteran but in reality so many ww2 veterans died..?" I can not believe somebody would even try to justify this situation. Makes me not want to live on this planet anymore. RIP Delbert you have so many people sending prayers to your family and so many people fighting for you to get the justice you and your family so very much deserve!

Elaine Cox

and still nothing bout the clearly racist murder in oklahoma except a couple of throw away lines...I dont know if this one was motivated by race or not....if the stir writers care as much for the black community as they claim then address the real issues not made up ones

nonmember avatar Guest

Meanwhile the racebaiters and fraud leaders of black america are rallying today in D.C. in honor of mlk.,,too funny.The media cannot run and hide any longer from the black on white genocide being perpetrated against white america.In the 80's this was also happening unreported on a regular basis,now that you have internet,social media and 24 hour news and internet alternative media they can no longer hide nor cloak these atrocities.The current Admin has done NOTHING but fuel alot of it.97% of IR crime is black on white kiddos-another inconvinient truth.

bills... billsfan1104

Wamom, I get what you are saying, and I wouldn't want them in my town either.

Every time they bring Shorty up, my heart breaks even more. All I keep thinking about is my grandmother

I keep saying that kids are turnin out like this, because of the break up of a family unit and church is not longer in people's lives anymore.

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