KHQ Local News Reporter Patrick Erickson was among at least a thousand people who attended Friday's candlelight vigil to honor WWII veteran Delbert 'Shorty' Belton.
The crowd was filled with some of Shorty's good friends, and some people who didn't even know him, but wanted to come and pay tribute to an American hero whose life was tragically cut short when he was murdered while sitting in his car Tuesday night.
Spokane Police have arrested one suspect so far. He has been identified as 16-year-old Demetruis Glenn. Police are still searching for the second suspect, 16-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you're asked to call 911.
SPOKANE, Wash. - For anyone who is able to attend, at 8:30pm TONIGHT, there will be a candlelight vigil in the Eagles Ice Arena parking lot for WWII Veteran Delbert Belton.
The family would appreciate the support of the community during this difficult time.
The location is: 6321 N Addison St Spokane
Statement From Chief Straub Regarding Delbert Belton Homicide:
I would like to extend my condolences to the family of the victim, Delbert Belton, a WWII veteran who served his country and suffered injuries during his time in Okinawa.
Since receiving the initial call on Wednesday night, the Spokane Police Department has been working tirelessly to identify and apprehend the suspects in this attack.
Late last night Spokane Police arrested one of the suspects, a 16-year-old male charged him with 1st degree robbery and 1st degree murder.
Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives have probable cause to arrest a second suspect, 16 year old Kenan Adams-Kinard in connection to the homicide.
We are asking for the community's assistance in helping us to locate Adams-Kinard and bring him to justice. We would encourage Mr. Adams-Kinard to surrender immediately. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
The Spokane Police Department is dedicated to protecting the community and bringing those who harm or threaten residents to justice.
Spokane Mayor David Condon issued the following statement:
"It has been a difficult couple days for the entire Spokane community as we mourn the loss of a World War II veteran and try to make sense of his murder. The friends and loved ones of Delbert "Shorty" Belton are in the thoughts and prayers of an entire community.
I have been heartened by the outpouring of public support in this time of great tragedy. Spokane is a resilient community and has shown itself once again as one that rallies behind its friends and neighbors."