A 14-year-old Nevada teen was killed by his father over his sexual orientation after years of abuse, the boy’s former foster mother said to KSNV .
Sonja Jones, former foster mother for Giovanni Melton, said she hopes authorities “throw the book” at father Wendell Melton, 53.
“I hope he never sees the light of day,” Jones said to KSNV. “I hope every day when he looks in the mirror, he sees his son’s face.”
Melton fatally shot his son last Thursday in an apartment where the teen lived by himself, police in Henderson, Nevada said.
Melton was arrested at the scene on felony charges of open murder, child abuse and firearms possession, the Henderson Police Department said in a Facebook post. He was”booked into the Henderson Detention Center,” they explained.
The son was “abused physically and mentally and spiritually for many, many years,” Jones said, adding that she believes he was killed because of his sexual orientation.
“He hated the fact that his son was gay,” Jones added. “I’m sure that inside of his mind, he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.”
Jaime Grant, executive director of PFLAG National, an LGBTQ family and ally organization, said Giovanni’s death is part of broader societal issue.
“We have a crisis of masculinity in this country — it’s obvious across the board in this report and in the unrelenting reports on sexual assault and also gun violence,” Grant said in a statement provided to NBC News. “Many ‘normative’ messages men learn as they are growing up about stuffing their feelings, policing other men’s gender and sexuality, asserting ‘dominance’ from the board room to the bedroom, also show up in their lives as fathers.”
SOURCE: NBC News
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