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WWII Vet Beaten To Death UPDATE: Police On The Hunt For Second Suspect, 16-Year-old Kenan Adams-Kinar

By Zulai Serrano z.serrano@hngn.com | Aug 24, 2013 11:34 AM EDT

Kenan Adams-Kinard
Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16, is pictured in this undated photo courtesy of the Spokane Police Department. Adams-Kinard is the second teenager being sought in the beating death of an 88-year-old World War Two veteran who survived the Battle of Okinawa, police in Spokane, Washington, said on Aug. 23. (Photo : REUTERS/Spokane Police Department/Handout)

Investigators are on the hunt for a 16-year-old boy suspected in the brutal murder of a World War II veteran, the New York Daily News reports.

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Kenan Adams-Kinar is one of two teens suspected of beating Delbert Belton, 88, in a Washington parking lot.  Police reportedly consider the 16-year-old a threat to the community.

The other suspect reportedly turned himself in to authorities on Thursday, according to the Daily News.  The teen suspect's identity was not released, but he was charged with robbery and first-degree murder.  

Belton's family is in disbelief over his death, man who survived the Battle of Okinawa.

"He fought for this country," his sister, Alberta Tosh, told the Daily News. "Then he comes home and a couple of creeps kill him in the worst way."

Belton reportedly suffered "severe blunt force injuries to his head and torso" and died Thursday morning, NBC News reports.  The Spokane County medical examiner's office ruled Belton's death a homicide.

Police released the identity of Adams-Kinar because they believe he is a danger to the community.

"He displayed very aggressive and violent conduct with this assault of Mr. Belton," Police Chief Frank Straub told the Daily News.

"I don't really care what their motive was," Straub said. "We are not going to tolerate this."

Multiple reports say Beltron was on his way to meet a friend when he was attacked by the teens.

"Those people to me are cowards," the man's longtime friend, Ted Denison, told KING 5 News. "They are cowards when they beat old people that are defenseless...They need to be caught. Period."

Belton's daughter-in-law, Barbara Belton, told NBC News the doctors informed the family of the veteran's injuries.  Belton's face was reportedly beaten so badly they could not stop the bleeding.

"That was no way to have to die," Barbara said. "They said even if he had survived, there probably would have been brain damage. It was horrendous."

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