HOUSTON – A homicide investigation is underway in northeast Houston after a 17-year-old man was shot in the driveway of his home.
The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the 13800 block of Northlake.
Officers responded and found Joseph Reyes with one gunshot wound to his head.
His mother, Allison Flores said she tried to help her son before an ambulance arrived, “I began CPR and he was breathing and he didn’t make it.” Reyes was pronounced dead at a hospital.
“He was a good kid. He was a good big brother,” said Flores of her oldest of four children. “He was very loving.”
Joseph Reyes graduated from Northshore Senior High School last week. His family says the father to a 1-year old daughter had plans to work in the oil field.
Houston police interviewed at least five of Reyes’ friends who witnessed the shooting. Flores says her son and his friends would routinely hang out in the family’s driveway.
“This was their safe haven. This was the place where they felt safe. This was the place they were always at.”
Investigators say an autopsy report will reveal more about the teen’s death. Detectives recovered the handgun used in the shooting, and Thursday night HPD Sgt. James Rhodes said he did not believe Reyes’ death was linked to a drive-by shooting.
When asked if the family kept guns in the home, Flores said this, “No. Because like I said he has a one-year old and I have other kids as well.”