Father Kills 14-Year-Old Son Allegedly Because ‘He Would Rather Have a Dead Son Than a Gay Son’: Report

Wendell Melton (Henderson, Nev., Police Department); Giovanni Melton (Giovanni Melton via Facebook)
Wendell Melton (Henderson, Nev., Police Department); Giovanni Melton (Giovanni Melton via Facebook)

A high school student is dead and his father has been charged with killing him after, police say, the father, Wendell Melton, shot and killed his 14-year-old son.


KSNV-TV reports that United Airlines employee and former pilot Wendell Melton will appear in court early this week to face preliminary charges after authorities say he fatally shot his 14-year old son, Giovanni Melton, on Thursday. Those close to Giovanni say the reason his life was taken was that he was gay and his father disapproved, KSNV reports.

“He hated the fact that his son was gay,” Sonja Jones, Giovanni’s former foster mom, said of Wendell Melton. “I’m sure that inside of his mind, he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.”

“Giovanni was abused physically and mentally and spiritually for many, many years,” Jones tearfully explained, adding that Melton allegedly pulled a gun on Giovanni at least once in the past when the father caught Giovanni with a boyfriend.

Under Nevada law, attacking another person because of his or her sexual orientation is considered a hate crime. According to a 2016 report by the FBI, LGBT people are more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other group.

Instead of “thoughts and prayers,” Jones said of Melton, “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.”


Read more at KSNV-TV.

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Here’s a crazy idea: if you hate your son/daughter/wife/girlfriend so much that you never want to see them again.... disown them and never see them again.

Let them grow up and write a novel, cure a disease, or even simply live a long happy life without you in it.

On the other hand, at least the father is black. If he were white, then it would just be an isolated mental health issue. But since he’s black, George Will/David Brooks/Some Idiot can write a thoughtful piece about violent, homophobic thoughts inside the black community, and reference a bad joke made by Tracy Morgan a few years back.