Dad accused of murder ‘would rather have a dead son than a gay son’
The Nevada father of a gay teen allegedly shot and killed him over his sexual orientation, according to reports.
Giovanni Melton, 14, was gunned down by his father, Wendell Melton, after an argument Thursday about him having a boyfriend, news station KSNV reported.
“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 out a gun on him.”
Police said they received a report Thursday 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.
He was charged with open murder, child abuse and prohibited person possessing a firearm.
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