HOUSTON -- A boy's body was found behind Brentwood Baptist Church in southwest Houston Monday morning. Police say it appears he was shot.

The victim is between 12 and 16 years old, police said.

A mother walking her 6-year-old daughter to nearby Hobby Elementary nearly stumbled upon the body lying on a sidewalk.

He said do not walk back there with your daughter, said Louise. You do not want her to see that.

A lot of neighbors told KHOU the pathway where the body was found gets lots of foot traffic, especially mothers who walk their kids to school.

I was in shock, said Louise. It's very scary. I have to walk through there every morning withmy daughter.

Homicide investigators spent hours combing for clues from the scene and CSI units snapped photos, all of this while church members looked on and parents walked the long way home.

The neighborhood is very good, until today, said Louise.

Houston Police said its investigation continues.

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