IN BRAZIL a 32-year-old supermarket manager from a town near Sao Paolo, , confessed to stabbing her 17-year-old gay son Itaberli Lozano to death last week, lgbtqnation.com reports.
The mother, Tatiana Lozano Pereira, 32, claims that Lozano used drugs and brought men home. The teen’s uncle Dario Rosa denies that, saying that Lozano was hard-working and educated, according to G1 (Portuguese). Mr. Rosa believes that Lozano Pereira killed her son because he was gay and says that this is the first time she has accused her son of drug use.
For several days the mother told her family that Lozano had run away to live with extended family, but 9 days later filed a missing person’s report. The body had been found 2 days before she filed that report and was only identified because of a bracelet that appeared in several photos of Lozano on social media.
In December Lozano reported his mother to local authorities. He also posted a message on Facebook on December 26th accusing his mother of hiring several boys to beat him. Police reports also reveals that Itaberli’s mother offered money to local teenagers to kill her son, according to the testimony of one of the boys.
IN THE USA a father in Henderson, Nevada shot and killed his 14-year-old gay son, with police attributing the killing in part to the boy’s sexual orientation, back2stonewall.com reports.
Nevada police report that 53-year-old Wendell Melton shot and killed his son Giovanni in the morning of November 2.
People close to the murder victim including Sonja Jones, Giovanni’s former foster mom say part of the argument leading to the shooting was about the teen’s sexual orientation.
Jones told 3 News: ‘He hated the fact that his son was gay. Giovanni was abused physically and mentally and spiritually for many, many years. I’m sure that inside of his mind, he would rather have a dead son than a gay son,’ she said.