When a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed by his father, the police report said it was over his sexual orientation.
— Antonio Castelan (@AntonioNews3LV) November 3, 2017
After an argument about him having a boyfriend, Giovanni Melton, 14, was gunned down by his father, Wendell Melton.
“He hated the fact that his son was gay,” Sonia Jones, the teen’s former foster mom, said. “I’m sure that inside of his mind, he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.”
Jones said that the 53-year-old dad had caught the teen with his boyfriend before and “pulled a gun on him.”
Police said they received a report about a domestic disturbance at a Henderson apartment. Responding detectives found the 14-year-old was in critical condition.
He was rushed to St. Rose Dominican Hospital where he died from his injuries. Police said the teen lived alone at the apartment where he was fatally shot.
Wendell Melton was taken into custody Friday at Henderson Detention Center and charged with open murder, child abuse and prohibited person possessing a firearm.
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