Amir Issa, 38, was thought to have been killed by his own father simply because he was gay. After all, Issa documented his parents' kooky expressions of disapproval on social media ahead of his death from a shotgun blast last week, a murder for which his dad, Shehada Issa, 69, was arrested and charged.
Often lost in the reporting of this story is the fact that Issa's mother, Rabihah, 68, was also found dead in the house.
Now, investigators theorize that Shehada murdered his son primarily to cover up the stabbing death of his wife. His story to cops was that he'd heard noises in his home, grabbed his gun and was confronted by his knife-wielding son, whom he claimed must have stabbed his wife to death.
In reality, there was no knife found near Amir's body, and Rabihah had been killed some time before Amier.
I think the L.A. Times got it right in reporting that “homophobia, drugs and mental illness” all probably led to Amir's and Rabihah's senseless murders: