HPD: Body found in truck parked across from NW Houston middle school

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on December 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 2:46 PM

HOUSTON—Houston police were investigating after finding a man dead in a truck across the street from a middle school in northwest Houston Wednesday morning.

The body was found in a Chevrolet pickup truck parked in the 5300 block of Lost Forest near Pinemont shortly after 5 a.m.

Passersby saw the man slumped behind the wheel and tried to wake him up, before realizing he was dead.

"I started knocking on the window, knocking on the hood, whistled at him and no response,” said Roland Mendiola, who then decided to check the doors. “That’s when we saw where all the blood was hanging out. He had black rings around his eyes like he had been dead for a while. We shut the door and called 911.”

The victim had been shot in the back of the head, according to HPD.

The truck was parked just across from Clifton Middle School. That had parents concerned.

“In 20 years, we have not had a homicide here on this street,” Mendiola said.

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