Police have confirmed that Giovanni Melton was shot and killed by his father.
14-year-old Giovanni was murdered during an argument with his dad about being gay, according to his friends.
Those close to the teenager say his dad, 53-year-old Wendell Melton, had never accepted his homosexuality.
Henderson police say Giovanni was shot last Thursday afternoon in an apartment where the teen lived by himself.
His former foster mother, Sonja Jones has spoken out following the murder.
“Giovanni was abused physically and mentally and spiritually for many, many years,” she told 3 News.
“He hated the fact that his son was gay. I’m sure that inside of his mind, he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.”
Details are still emerging about the family and police are carrying out their investigation into the father’s possible motives for shooting his own son.
Wendell Melton worked for United Airlines and was once a pilot, according to court records.
Sonja Jones continued: “I’m hearing his dad had caught him with his boyfriend before and pulled out a gun on him.
“I hope they throw the book at him. I hope he never sees the light of day. I hope every day when he looks in the mirror, he sees his son’s face.”