Police have confirmed that Giovanni Melton was shot and killed by his father last week.
The 14-year-old was murdered during a heated argument with his father about his sexual orientation, according to people close to the victim.
Friends of Giovanni have said that his dad, 53-year-old Wendell Melton, had always had a problem with his son being gay.
Henderson police have said that Giovanni was shot last Thursday afternoon in an apartment where the teen lived by himself.
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“Giovanni was abused physically and mentally and spiritually for many, many years,” Sonja Jones, Giovanni’s former foster mother, told 3 News.
“He hated the 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.”
Wendell Melton worked for United Airlines and was once a pilot, according to court records.
Speaking further on the incident, Jones added: “I’m hearing his dad had caught him with his boyfriend before and pulled out a gun on him.
“I hope they throw the book at him. I hope he never sees the light of day. I hope every day when he looks in the mirror, he sees his son’s face.”