Friday night memorial planned for Delbert Belton



Posted on August 23, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A memorial outside the Eagles Lodge in North Spokane grew Friday for the World War II veteran who was beaten to death Wednesday night.

PHOTOS: Victim and suspects

A memorial is planned for Friday at 8:30 p.m outside of the Eagles Lodge near Lidgerwood and Francis. The victim, 88-year-old Delbert Belton, commonly spent time at the Lodge according to family and friends.

WATCH: Belton’s daughter-in-law speaks with KREM 2 News

Flowers began piling up Thursday morning in honor of Delbert Belton who was killed nearby outside of the Eagles Ice-A-Rena.

Dozens of flowers fill the memorial outside the Eagles Lodge on Lidgerwood Street along with notes to "Shorty"-thanking him for his service.

Those who knew Belton said they would always remember him with a smile.

"He was very cheerful, very polite," said Belton's friend Shrene Averill.

Flags and letters are also filling his memerial to show he's not forgotten.

"That's one thing they can't take from him. They can't take his spirit away," said Averill.

Anyone looking to help the Belton family can donate to a memorial fund at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations can be made to The Delbert Belton Memorial Fund c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 601 W. 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 99201.

Belton died Thursday following an overnight beating by two teenagers according to officers.

Spokane police arrested one of the suspects Friday. Demetrius Glenn, 16, is accused of beating Belton to death with a flashlight outside of a North Spokane ice arena on Wednesday night. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday and be tried as an adult.

WATCH: Belton’s nephew speaks with KREM 2 News

A second suspect, Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16, remained at large. The two suspects are African American. Yet, Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub was not racially motivated. He stated that the two suspects were looking to commit a robbery on Wednesday night.