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UPDATE: Coroner confirms name of boy killed by father

Juvenile shot during domestic disturbance
Juvenile shot during domestic disturbance
Posted at 1:50 PM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 17:40:24-05

UPDATE NOV. 8: The Clark County coroner has released the name of the boy killed by his father on Nov. 2. His name is Giovanni Melton and he was 14 years old.

UPDATE NOV. 6: The arrest report for the man accused of killing his son in Henderson has been released.

According to the report, Wendell Melton rented an apartment for his 14-year-old son Giovanni because his son and his new wife did not get along.

Giovanni had lived there alone since March.

Melton was checking on Giovanni the day of the shooting because Giovanni did not go to school that day. The pair began arguing and Giovanni reportedly pushed his father to the ground.

Melton told police that he had a gun with him because he was afraid of some of the people that Giovanni hangs out with.

Melton says that after he got up off the ground, he warned Giovanni to stay back. However, Giovanni moved to attack him.

Melton says that his finger was on the trigger but the shooting was an accident.

Police say that Melton's version of what happened changed several times and he was untruthful about where the gun came from until evidence contradicted his statements.

Police arrested Melton because they believe he pulled the gun on his son before he believed himself to be in danger.

UPDATE NOV. 5: Friends of the teenager reportedly killed by his father held a memorial for him on Sunday night.

UPDATE NOV. 3 11 PM: Those close to the 14-year-old killed at a Henderson condo complex have identified him as Giovanni Melton.

A woman who considers herself his foster mother after taking Giovanni and his older brother in when they were kicked out of the house, said his father did not like the fact the 14-year-old was gay.

Sonja Jones said the boys told her, Melton had once pulled a gun on the 14-year-old after finding him with a boyfriend.

Jones said the boys mother has not been a part of their lives for some time.

She has launched a Go Fund Me page to help Melton's older brother with expenses related to his funeral.

UPDATE NOV 3: The booking photo for 53-year-old Wendell Melton, who allegedly murdered his son at an apartment complex on Nov. 2, has been released.

Clark County School District says the 14-year old victim was a freshman at Coronado High School.

Neighbors tell 13 Action News, the teen was mostly by himself. They often saw other teenagers go in and out of the apartment. Other neighbors say they rarely saw the father, Wendell Melton, around.

UPDATE NOV. 2: Neighbors believe the teenager killed Thursday had been living alone in the apartment where he was killed. 

Neighbors who spoke anonymously with 13 Action News said the teenager was well-known because he would often ask neighbors for food and money. 

Police have not released information about the teen's relationship with his father.

UPDATE NOV. 2: The juvenile who was shot earlier today has died. 53-year-old Wendell Melton has been arrested for his murder and other charges. The victim is Melton's son. Melton was booked into Henderson Detention Center on charges of open murder, child abuse, and prohibited person possessing a firearm. 

The name and age of the juvenile has not been released.


Henderson Police Department received a call of a domestic disturbance around 12 p.m. at a home located on the 900 block of Seven Hills Drive, near Horizon Ridge Parkway.

When they arrived they found a juvenile shot and he was transported to St. Rose Dominican hospital in critical condition.

This is a developing story.