Los Angeles – The 69-year old father has been detained by police for killing his 29-year-old son for being gay.
The Associated Press reported that Shehada Issa was charged with fatally shooting his son over his sexual orientation.
The boy, Amir Issa, was found shot to death just outside the family home on Tuesday. His mother, 68-year-old Rabihah Issa, was also found dead at the home at the same, and investigators are trying to determine responsibility for her killing.
According to reports, Amir’s mother was stabbed repeatedly.
Amir’s father, Shehada Issa, told police that he shot his son Amir in self-defense after he discovered his wife’s body in their house.
“The murder was committed because of the victim’s sexual orientation and because of the defendant’s perception of that status and the victims’ association with a person and a group of that status,” prosecutors said in a statement.
Police had no details Saturday on any of the alleged threats the father had made against his gay son, according to the news agency.
The Washington Post reports that the young man had a troubled history, according to their neighbors. The boy was involved in several incidents that led to police being called to the house.
Source: The Associated Press