The community continued to mourn the loss of World War II veteran Delbert "Shorty" Belton Sunday. The 88-year-old was beaten to death in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge as he waited to go inside and play pool last month.
"He was always fun, he loved to dance, he loved to play pool. He was always, he always had a kind heart," said Linda Herde, a manager at the Eagles Lodge.
"I hope when I get to be 88-years-old that I'm half as good of a man as Shorty," one of Shorty's friends said.
Shorty's death still scars the minds of people here, especially because the beating happened just outside the doors of the event center they gathered inside.
"He was brave in the face of difficulties of aging, and there is evidence on his knuckles he was brave as he faced overwhelming odds of those who would rob him of his money and his life," Eagles Chaplain Dennis Allen said.
Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard face murder, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery charges in connection with Shorty's death.
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