By Jack Fink


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GARLAND (CBS 11 NEWS) – Garland police say the body of a man found below a bridge near Duck Creek, along Walnut Street at Brookside Drive, showed signs of trauma.

While detectives aren’t offering specifics, they believe the man was murdered.

Maria Reyes lives a block away. “I’m really concerned right now,” she said. Reyes has four children ranging in age from two- to 18-years-old. “We’re living here 14 years and this is the first time someone got murdered.”

While police work to identify the victim, mother Noemy Meraz says she was drawn to the area. She explained that she hasn’t seen her 19-year-old son in three weeks. “I see the forensics and I see Channel 11, and the police, so I stop here to see. And I see the dead body and I wanted to see who he is.”

Police don’t believe Meraz’ son was murdered.

Officials say the victim found under the bridge may have been homeless, because the murder scene is a known site where homeless people sleep at night.

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