Los Angeles father charged with killing his son for being gay

The man, accused of fatally shooting his son outside a home where his wife was found dead, has been charged with one count of premeditated murder as a hate crime.

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Shehada Issa, 69, told police he shot his son Amir in self-defence after he discovered his wife’s body in their house.

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An investigation into Issa’s wife’s death is ongoing.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Issa previously threatened to kill his 29-year-old son for being gay.

“The murder was committed because of the victim’s sexual orientation and because of the defendant’s perception of that status and the victim’s association with a person and a group of that status,” prosecutors said, independent.ie reports.

Photo By jondoeforty1 (LAPD Police Car Hollywood Aug 2008) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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