A 53-year-old father, Wendell Melton murdered his 14-year-old son Giovanni with a gun over his se.xual orientation.
“Giovanni was abused physically and mentally and spiritually for many, many years,” said Giovanni’s former foster mom by name Sonja Jones. Over the phone, Jones spoke of the teenager she treasured as one of her own.
Jones says another family informed her that the part of the dispute that resulted in the deadly shooting was over Giovanni’s se.xual orientation. Jones says his father had issues with that.
“He hated the fact that his son was gay,” said Jones. “I’m sure that inside of his mind, he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.” Court records show his father worked for United Airlines as a pilot.
Jones says Wendell has threatened his son before. “I’m hearing his dad had seen him with his partner before and pulled out a gun on him,” said Jones. Giovanni was a student at Coronado High School.
Jones says a beautiful life was taken away because of ignorance. “I hope they throw the book at him. I hope he never sees the light of day,” said Jones. “I hope every day when he looks in the mirror, he sees his son’s face.”