David Condon

Spokane defined by its resilience, support in times of tragedy

David Condon, Mayor, No Phone Number Available

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Midnight

It has been a very difficult few days for the family and friends of Delbert “Shorty” Belton and the entire Spokane community as we mourn his loss. We are struggling to make sense of his murder, and the resulting conversation has generated a lot of emotion.

I had the privilege of meeting with members of Mr. Belton’s family this afternoon to talk about the public discussion in the wake of his murder. They invited me into their home, shared memories with me and offered a glimpse into how his death has impacted their lives.

I was particularly struck by their steadfast belief in letting the criminal justice system do its work. We can all agree that violence will not be tolerated in our community.

As we move forward, our energy and attention is rightly focused on supporting the friends and loved ones of someone who served his country bravely. It is the best way to honor and respect the memory of a World War II veteran and valued member of our community.

Spokane is a resilient community and has shown itself once again as one that rallies behind its friends and neighbors. I have been heartened by the outpouring of public support in this time of great tragedy.

It is a poignant reminder that this random act of violence does not in any way represent or define what the people of Spokane are all about.