SPOKANE, Wash. -- New security photos were released by officials showing the two suspects in Wednesday's deadly beating of an 88-year-old World War II Veteran.
Witnesses described the suspects as 16 to 18-year-old African American males of average build, according to authorities.
The 88-year-old victim, Delbert Belton, had been taken to the Intensive Care Unit after the assault at the Eagles Ice-A-Rena at Francis near Lidgerwood around 8:15 p.m. Officials said they found him with serious head injuries. He died Thursday morning at a local hospital.
Investigators said Belton was attacked in the parking lot behind the arena, belonging to the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He had just arrived in his car to play pool.
The Eagles Ice-A-Rena released a statement on Thursday which said in full:
"We are deeply saddened by the events that occurred last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family and friends. Our hearts go out to everyone touched by this tragedy.
"We are cooperating with law enforcement during their investigation of this incident. Because this is an on-going investigation we are unable to make any further comment.
"Any further questions should be directed to the Spokane Police Department.
Officials said they were reviewing video in an attempt to identify the suspects.
A friend of the victim said Belton was robbed. Police, however, had not said if robbery was involved or what may have led to the assault.
Major Crimes is investigating and are asking anybody with information to please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.