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WWII veteran beaten to death outside Spokane club

Delbert Belton, who was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, died Thursday after he was beaten in Spokane, Wash. Photo provided by family friends via KHQ-TV

SPOKANE (AP) — An 88-year-old veteran of World War II was beaten to death outside the Eagles Lodge in Spokane, and police are looking for two young men who may be responsible for the attack.

Friends identified the victim as Delbert Belton, and say he was sitting outside the lodge when he was attacked. No motive was offered.

Police say they received a call about an assault at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and responded to find the victim sitting in his car. He had suffered serious head injuries. He was taken to a hospital, but died Thursday morning.

Police say they are looking for two possible suspects between the ages of 16 and 19.

KXLY-TV reported that Belton was wounded during the Battle for Okinawa during World War II.

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