A Nevada man faces murder charges after authorities say he shot and killed his 14-year-old son, and friends say the father may have targeted his son because he was gay, KTNV reports.
Dozens of high schoolers gathered together Sunday night trying to understand how one of their friends was allegedly killed by his own father.
“I was just so shocked. Didn’t have any words. Super sad. Just couldn’t believe I lost such a good friend of mine,” Jada Gensen said.
Police say 53-year-old Wendell Melton got into an argument with his 14-year-old son, Giovanni Melton, prompting the father to shoot and kill his own son.
“When I first heard it, I didn’t know how to react. I’m still in shock. I was in shock then and it’s gonna take me a while to get over it,” Mia Hayward said.
13 ACTION NEWS spoke with the woman claiming to be Giovanni’s foster mom. She said Giovanni’s biological mother has been out of the picture for quite some time and that his father did not like the fact he was gay.
According to the foster mom, he even pulled a gun on his son another time in the past after finding Giovanni with his boyfriend.
“He kept that more to himself, but still you would have never been able to pick up on it because he was just always happy and he made the best out of what he had, that’s for sure,” Hayward said.
Despite what the teen was dealing with at home, his friends said Giovanni’s smile always remained.
“He was goofy and funny and he could make anybody laugh,” a friend said.