Dad Shot And Killed Son, Said He’d Rather Have A Dead Than A Gay One
Feb 13th, 2020
Though it is difficult for some, most parents eventually learn how to accept their child, no matter who they are or what they want to become. Being a member of the LGBTQ community is now more accepted compared to how they were treated in the past. However, not all parents are as accepting as the others.
In fact, one father believes that it is best for his son to be dead than to see him live as a gay.
This Nevada man appeared in court after he shot and killed his 14-year-old son for the reason that he was gay. Giovannie Melton was a teenager from Henderson. He was gunned down by his dad, Wendell Melton two years ago after they had an argument about this teen’s sexual orientation.
The 55-year-old Wendell Melton was arrested and charged with murder, child abuse, as well as illegal possession of firearms in 2017. Many were shocked to know that after all these charges, he was let out for a $200,000 bail and was placed on house arrest earlier this year.
His recent court appearance was days after the two-year death anniversary of his son. The accused initially claimed that he “accidentally” shot his son in the chest. But the teen’s friends and other family members still believe that it was Melton’s very well-known homophobia that caused his son’s death.
During an interview with KTNV, Giovanni’s biological mother, Veronica Melton said, “My ex-husband was always trying to find out if my son was gay, but my son would never tell him. He couldn’t deal with it because, when I was married to him, he would make very disparaging remarks against people that were gay, and to me, I know that he was homophobic.”
After Giovanni’s death in 2017, his former foster mom, Sonja Jones said, “Giovanni was abused physically and mentally and spiritually for many, many years. ” She added, “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. I’m hearing his dad had caught him with his boyfriend before and pulled out a gun on him.
” She also claimed that Melton did not agree with his son’s sexuality. In fact, this was not the first time that he ever pulled a gun on him.
Jones revealed that she loved Giovanni like her own son. She further added, “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.”
Bailey Schultz, Giovanni’s friend, also said that it was hard to believe that he is gone. She said, “They’re just in shock. A lot of people like, they didn’t expect it. They are just in shock.”
A one-page arrest was obtained by the KSNV and this gave everyone the idea of what transpired during this tragic incident. According to the accused, he found Giovanni smoking marijuana and he skipped school when the dad went to the teen’s apartment on the day of the incident. During the heated argument, the teen threw him onto the floor. This is when the dad shot him.
Giovanni and Melton’s former wife did not get along. This is why the teen, lived all alone in this apartment where he was shot. Giovanni’s birth mom still cannot accept his son’s death.