Father Charged with Murdering Son in Los Angeles for Being Gay


From Rong-Gong Lin II at the Los Angeles Times / 04.01.2016:

Los Angeles prosecutors on Friday charged a 69-year-old man with fatally shooting his son outside the family’s North Hills home because the son was gay.

The shooting occurred Tuesday when police responded to a call at the family home and found the bodies of Amir Issa, 29, and his mother, who was not identified. Officers later arrested the Issa’s father, Shehada Khalil Issa, who faces one count of premeditated murder.

According to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, Issa had allegedly threatened to kill his son in the past because he was gay.

“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 alleged in a statement.

Authorities allege the father used a shotgun in the attack.