Police have confirmed that Giovanni Melton was shot and killed by his father last week.

The 14-year-old was murdered during a heated argument with his father about his sexual orientation, according to people close to the victim.

Friends of Giovanni have said that his dad, 53-year-old Wendell Melton, had always had a problem with his son being gay.

Henderson police have said that Giovanni was shot last Thursday afternoon in an apartment where the teen lived by himself.

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

Wendell Melton worked for United Airlines and was once a pilot, according to court records.

Speaking further on the incident, Jones added: “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.”