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Father Kills 14-Year-Old Son Allegedly Because He Is Gay

Welton Melton a former United Airlines employee fatally shot his 14 year old son last Thursday and has been charged with murder.

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, it has been mentioned that Melton allegedly pulled a gun on Giovanni 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.  LGBT people are more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other group.

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