A father in Henderson, Nevada shot and killed his 14-year-old gay son, with police attributing the killing in part to the boy’s sexual orientation.
Nevada police report that 53-year-old Wendell Melton shot and killed his son Giovanni in the morning of November 2.
People close to the murder victim including Sonja Jones, Giovanni’s former foster mom say part of the argument leading to the shooting was about the teen’s sexual orientation.
Jones told 3 News: ‘He hated the fact that his son was gay. Giovanni was abused physically and mentally and spiritually for many, many years. I’m sure that inside of his mind, he would rather have a dead son than a gay son,’ she said.
“I’m hearing his dad had caught him with his boyfriend before and pulled out a gun on him,” said Jones.\
Giovanni was a student at Coronado High School. Jones says a beautiful life was taken away because of ignorance
“I hope they throw the book at him. I hope he never sees the light of day,” said Jones. “I hope every day when he looks in the mirror, he sees his son’s face.”
Wendell Melton told police that accidently shot him during an argument. And he was in fear of his life. Police doubt his story.
Melton is being held at the Henderson Detention Center. Bail is set at $800,000.00