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Father allegedly killed his son, 14, because the boy was homosexual

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A father is being accused of killing his son because he was gay. According to KSNV 3, the incident occurred on Nov. 2 in Henderson, Nevada.

Wendell Melton, 53, visited his son Giovanni, 14, in an apartment where he stayed by himself. At some point, the two allegedly got into an argument over the teen’s sexuality and Melton shot Giovanni. Some reports claim that it wasn’t the first time the father pulled a gun on the boy. Reportedly, he threatened Giovanni after catching him with his boyfriend.

Giovanni endured abuse throughout his childhood and often lived in group homes. Melton was an employee at United Airlines and a former pilot.

The incident sheds light on the importance of protecting kids from abusive situations. Melton should not have been allowed to be near his son without supervision after the initial threat. After pulling a gun on the boy the first time, he should have been arrested. It’s important for family members and friends to report abuse and be proactive.

In October, Gabriel Fernandez, 9, died after enduring severe abuse by his mother’s boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre. Aguirre assumed the young boy was gay and would often dress the boy in girl’s clothing and send him to school. He also abused him with help from the boy’s mother, Pearl Hernandez. Prosecutors say Aguirre and Pearl beat, bit, whipped the child with a belt, shot him with a B.B. gun, fed him cat litter, burned him with cigarettes, starved him and tied him to a chair.

Aguirre and Pearl only called paramedics after Gabriel fell unconscious. The couple began to plot ways to conceal the abuse. Phone records revealed that Aguirre and Pearl sent texts to each other with plans of deceiving police. However, Gabriel died two days after he was admitted to the hospital and doctors discovered that the boy endured severe abuse. Police believe that Aguirre and Pearl were to blame. Both have been charged in connection with his murder.

Giovanni Melton was a student at Coronado High School.

Wendell Melton will likely be charged with a hate crime.



10 Comments

  1. Valica on November 7, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Wait a minute, reading Rolling Out is confusing, who is proofreading. This article reads as if the 14 year old lives alone.

    • Nea Nea on November 7, 2017 at 12:19 pm

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      • Valica on November 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm

        Just to get a full story I have to google.

        • Nea Nea on November 7, 2017 at 4:11 pm

          Girl I wanna be supportive but dang if I have to keep my red pen out correcting the whole story I’m just….nevermind

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  2. SCOTT Young on November 7, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I appreciate the article and certainly agree with the opinions you shared. However, that is somewhat troubling. As journalists, we should strive to provide unbiased information and facts. Saying what should or should not happen can diminish our credibility as a legit journalist.

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  3. nosey rosy on November 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    why would a 14 year old be living in his own apartment , dont you mean his home where his moma lives too ? get your facts together , the state would not allow a child that age to be living alone . so there is more to the story and RO just didnt get the details before posting the story it seems . please do better RO

  4. Luv on November 16, 2017 at 2:55 am

    All the people criticizing rolling out for posting that the 14 year old live alone. Daily mail also reported that he lived alone.

    [Giovanni lived alone at the apartment where he was fatally shot, police have said. ]

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5056515/Nevada-father-killed-son-gay.html#ixzz4yZyCfnT4
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  5. Luv on November 16, 2017 at 3:03 am

    The New York post also reported that the teen live alone.

    https://nypost.com/2017/11/06/dad-accused-of-murder-would-rather-have-a-dead-son-than-a-gay-son/

    I guess maybe the kid was able to get emancipated some how. That the only way for a 14 year old would be allowed to live on his own. His former foster care mother stated that his real mother haven’t been in his life for some time, and that his father had pull a gun on him once before when he found him with his lover.