A Father Would Rather Have A Dead Son Than A Gay Son?
Nov. 14, 2019
A DAD has been arrested after he allegedly shot dead his teenage son after finding out he was gay, police said.
Wendell Melton, 53, slaughtered his 14-year-old son Giovanni Melton, from Henderson, Nevada, after flipping out at his son's sexuality, police say.
The deadly argument broke out on Thursday afternoon over his son having a boyfriend, police told KSNV.
Wendell Melton is charged with murdering his own son
Giovanni’s foster mum Sonia Jones alleged: "He hated he fact that his son was gay.
"I'm sure that inside of his mind, he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.
"I hope they throw the book at him.
"I hope every day when he looks in the mirror, he sees his son's face."
Giovanni Melton, 14, had allegedly arguing with his dad when he was gunned down
She alleged Wendell previously pulled a gun on his son before when he caught him with his boyfriend.
Police arrived on the scene on Thursday after receiving a report about a domestic disturbance at their apartment.
When authorities arrived they found the teenager in critical condition and rushed him to St Rose Dominican Hospital, where he died.
Giovanni lived alone at the apartment where he was shot dead, police have said.
3 Giovanni Melton had a boyfriend which allegedly his father did not approve of
Wendell was arrested and booked into the Henderson Detection Centre.
He has been charged with open murder, child abuse and being a prohibited person possessing a firearm.
Giovanni's pals paid tribute to an energetic teenager who "could make anyone smile".
One of them, Bailey Schultz, a school friend from Coronado High School, said "he was young and had a lot to live for".
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