If My Son Turns Out To Be Gay, I’ll Kill Him Dead

how many of us have heard ^that line before?
father?
mother?
some other relative?
i heard it growing up.
this is why i’m such an advocate of coming out on your own time.
pulling someone out the closet could lead to their death.
we don’t know what others are dealing with under their parent’s roof.
well everyone say goodbye to giovanni melton.
he was 14 years old.
his father allegedly killed him because he was gay last thursday.
such a disgusting story via news 3 las vegas

Friends and family are remembering a 14-year-old son who Henderson police say was shot and killed by his own father.

People close to the murder victim say part of the argument leading to the shooting was about the teen’s sexual orientation.

Friends of Giovanni Melton remember an energetic teenager bringing smiles to everyone he met.

Coronado High School Senior Bailey Schultz says Melton went to her school.

“Itโ€™s just sad. He was young and he had a lot to live for,” said Schultz.

On Thursday afternoon, Henderson police say 53-year-old Wendell Melton shot his teenage son in the apartment where family members say Giovanni stayed by himself.

“Giovanni was abused physically and mentally and spiritually for many, many years,” said Sonja Jones, Giovanni’s former foster mom.

Over the phone, Jones spoke of the teen she loved as one of her own.

Jones says she was told by another family member that part of the argument that led to the deadly shooting was over Giovanni’s sexual orientation. Jones says Wendell Melton had problems with it.

“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 Wendell Melton worked for United Airlines. He once was a pilot. Jones says Wendell threatened his son before.

“I’m hearing his dad had caught him with his boyfriend 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.”

this might be the last video of giovanni.
it was from his snapchat that one of his friend’s recorded.
you know it vanishes after 24 hours:

how ironic his name is “born to die” after lana del rey’s album.
ย i’m sure he had bright future.

ya know,
some of the biggest hyenas/jackals in our lives can be our own parents.
we don’t grow up with “the bully”.
they come along for a season or 2.
our parents…
we meet them straight out the womb.
we deal with them and their issues for many seasons.
many of us are “the way we are” because of how we were raised.
some have instilled fear within us that never goes away.
i’ll talk to folks and they’ll say:

“UGH.
i cannot STAND my mother.”

“i don’t even talk to that hyena i call my father.”

it use to bother me,
but i get it now.
not everyone had the “white picket fence” family of perfection.
if you think about it,
our parents are that way due to how they were raised as well.
sometimes your mother is in fear of your father or vice versa.
it can either be a continuous cycle of abuse or love.
we don’t get to pick who raises us unfortunately.
rip to giovanni.

article cc: news 3 las vegas

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12 thoughts on “If My Son Turns Out To Be Gay, I’ll Kill Him Dead

  1. I don’t understand this. A lot of parents that have this mentality, especially in the black community, aren’t Christians. They do not practice Christianity. If you claim Christianity and eat pork, have tattoos, eat shellfish, masturbate, lay a hand physically on a woman while she’s menstrating, masturbate, have/had premarital sex, wear clothes made of two different fabrics, you can’t speak to me. You can’t pretend to be so outraged at this part of Leviticus, but not be mad at the others. Now this kid lost his life. It could have been a phase! Everybody is different so it may not have been a full phase. I didn’t know I was gay at 14! I’m so tired of the black community not taking this issue as well as mental health on! We, as a black community cannot afford to neglect those in the community that are different than us. Damn shame.

    1. @Fashionandvedka,

      Please stop with this group think mentality of blaming the black community in regards to gays. The last I checked it was not the black community that people had to protest, fight, hide, and eventually educate others so they could have laws to allow them to get married, pass laws in regards to gays getting killed, and the mental illness attacks (since they considered out lifestyle an illness). I am sure if you have any friends or know of gays that lived through the 60s, 70s, and 80s and all of the hate that they had to deal with that was much worse on so many levels, and majority of it was not from the black community. Also, who did the black community learn about the bible from?

      Also, the mental illness that is being placed on the black community is really a difference of cultures and they did the same thing to the Indian. If you have a group that has been free for over 400 years that has been allowed to build upon themselves, while bullying, killing, and having control over other cultures, then they are able to influence and have you feel that it is something that is wrong with our people. The problem with us is we don’t have control or mass media, institutions, or a system in place for us to work on building our people and correcting issues within our community.

      Also, RIP to this young man

      1. This comment!

        Black gays have to shake the mentality that blacks are more homophobic than whites.

        Its just expressed in vastly different ways.

        Also plenty of homophobes aren’t even really religious. They just hate gays and are hateful people in general.’

        Does it look like his father went to church?

  2. Yeah, um whatever. I kinda agree with @Fashionandsvedka. How do you kill a 14 year old child? However, this just my opinion but I’m not buying this Blacks need to come together or this woke trend. Some Blacks are ignorant and are better left right where they are, waddling in their own ignorance. Fawk all that. We are the One, We are the Force B.S. This isn’t Star Wars. Stick by the ones that stick by you and leave it at that. ๐Ÿค”

    I say stop making excuses for grown ass Black men and women who, just like anyone else, can learn and accept that people are different but some don’t want to. Many of them are not making an effort to, just like some Whites, Latinos, and any other applicable fools aren’t . We call them homophobic idiots or (homophobots as I like to call them.)and they aren’t making any effort to change because they don’t want to, not because they don’t know how. ๐Ÿ˜

    We have Black Americans in many high positions of power who had or have made strong impacts and are stunning examples of success through any adversity… but some Black folks just don’t wanna get it. They don’t want to listen and don’t care.๐Ÿ˜’

    Now as far as religion is concerned…all they talk about is praying about it and it ain’t helping at all, hell the drama coming to the main place they pray and seek solace and they still don’t wanna wake up and smell the coffee. This also happened when that white guy came and shot up all those black folks in a church. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Folks are receiving plenty of signs something ain’t right in the water but they wanna be stuck in their ways and spoon-fed lies…but as long as they can stay in the bubble fantasy of faith in their American Dream fairytale…”We ‘gon be alright.” I guess. ๐Ÿ™„

    I can’t really comment on the media aspect since I dont watch television.

    The Native Americans were nearly pushed to the brink of extinction but even some tribes (a small number) had possession of African American slaves. I don’t know why some folks act like they didn’t own slaves as well. *Shrugs*

    I’m starting to font too much and I need to stop now but I did a lot of mix match editing with this so it may seem disjointed but at the end of the day….

    I say that Black ass fool that killed that child be locked up and the key thrown away to the bottom of the ocean. What I want him to experience in jail is a good bitching out, pigtail wig, polka dot dress, and all. Give him the Wesley Snipes Too Wong Fo treated, but that wouldn’t be right of me to wish it upon him like that…

  3. OMG, I have no words *bows head in prayer* R.I.P Giovanni. The father is a sick, twisted man who doesn’t have the love of God in his heart or the ability to forgive and forget. His human compassion side has left. This is the world that we live in. The lack of empathy and sympathy has gone. No more love.

  4. I am sad and upset at this crazy ass man would take his own child’s life. If he didn’t like the fact that his son was gay allow someone like the foster parent take care of him.

  5. Information is starting to surface that Giovanni Melton 14, the son of Wendell Melton, had a violent behavior towards his father. Records show that the son had made death threats towards his father for not buying him an iphone8 due to failing school grades. Many have seen this case as being an attack on the LGBT community, however, Wendell Melton did not have any problems with his son being gay and would often allow his sonโ€™s gay friends over for barbecue.

  6. Information is starting to surface that Giovanni Melton 14, the son of Wendell Melton, had a violent behavior towards his father. Records show that the son had made death threats towards his father for not buying him an iphone8 due to failing school grades. Many have seen this case as being an attack on the LGBT community, however, Wendell Melton did not have any problems with his son being gay and would often allow his sonโ€™s gay friends over for barbecue.

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