Tragic: Los Angeles Man Charged With Murder After Shooting His Son for Being Gay

(Photo: Amir Issa Facebook)

Tragic: Los Angeles Man Charged With Murder After Shooting His Son for Being Gay

His wife was also found dead.

Published April 2, 2016

Whatever happened to unconditional love?

Shehada Khalil Issa, a Los Angeles man, has been charged with "one count of willful, deliberate and premeditated murder" for killing his 29-year-old son, Amir Issa. It's believed that Issa killed Amir for being gay. The DA stated that Shehada "personally and intentionally discharged a shotgun, which caused great bodily injury and death." 

Issa's wife also died after being stabbed, though the investigation into her death is ongoing.

Police were called to the family's North Hills house after several 911 calls were made. Officers discovered Amir's body outside of the home, and Shehada's wife dead inside. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that the investigation into the death of Shehada's wife is ongoing, and that he had previously claimed he found his wife dead inside their home and that his son that threatened to kill him with a knife. Daily News added that no knife was found, but the mother's body did have stab wounds.

The DA also said that Shehada had allegedly threatened to kill his son because of his sexual orientation. The local LGBT Center condemned the killing on Facebook:

Despite all the civil rights victories we’ve had in the last few years, we still live in a society where people face violence or even murder for being open about their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Posted by Los Angeles LGBT Center on Friday, April 1, 2016

In a Facebook post made by Amir himself ten days before his tragic murder, he pleaded with people to "help free me from this inhumane slavery."

Every day I wake up feeling like my sister or brother or mother or father is literally controlling me in my sleep. I...

Posted by Amir Issa on Saturday, March 19, 2016

Shehada is being held in prison without bail and his charges carry a life sentence if he is convicted. 

(Photo: Amir Issa Facebook)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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