how many of us have heard ^that line before?
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.
“It’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.
i’m sure he had bright future.
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.
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:
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