Teen found murdered in northwest Houston playground

  • A teenager was found shot to death in a northwest Harris County playground early this morning, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.


    The victim, 17-year-old Taj Kareem Smith, was discovered by a passerby in the Heritage Village Community Park at 2602 Whitinham Drive just before 7 a.m., HCSO reported.


    “A person walking at the park observed a body lying motionless near the children’s playground,” Sgt. F. Rivera reported. “Units arrived on scene and discovered the body of a young black male who had what appeared to be multiple gunshots wound to the abdomen. Medical personnel were summoned to the location and pronounced the male dead.”


    The investigation is currently ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or HCSO’s Homicide Division at 713-967-5810.