SPOKANE, Wash. -- More than 100 people came to show their respects Friday night for a World War II veteran who was murdered Wednesday night.
The memorial was held outside of the Eagles Lodge near Lidgerwood and Francis.
Flowers began piling up Thursday morning in honor of Delbert Belton who was killed nearby outside of the Eagles Ice-A-Rena.
Friends, family and strangers attended the memorial. Everyone lit a candle to show their respect. The crowd then they started to sing “Proud to be an American” to thank Delbert for his service in the military.
Others shared memories about Delbert and some called him “Shorty” and some said they felt compelled to speak even though they didn’t know him.
One of the people who attended the memorial said, “He survived combat just like I did. To die like he did that was just a waste. But now god brought him home.”
A motorcade was also on hand to ride in Delbert’s memory.
People at the memorial said the Spokane Veteran’s Arena is accepting calls from the community to gauge how many people would like to see a community memorial set up at the Eagles Lodge. If you would like to call the arena, the number is 509-279-7000.
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.
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.