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Teen found dead near man's yard

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A Savannah man says he woke up to find a young boy dead near his front lawn.

Police shut down part of Victory Drive Wednesday morning after they say 15-year-old William Elijah Norman was shot and killed.

Lawrence Lowe says he didn't know Norman but he was certainly a familiar face in the neighborhood. Lowe says the last time he saw Norman alive, the boy was sitting on a porch next door just inches away from where he was found dead.

"You could tell he was probably homeless," said Lowe. "I said 'Boy you're going to catch it tonight; it's cold tonight you know'," said Lowe.

Lowe says he saw Norman around 11 p.m. Tuesday night, shortly before he went to bed but he wasn't asleep for long.

"When you hear something loud, you just kind of wake up and not realize what you heard," said Lowe.

It wasn't until later he realized that loud noise was a gunshot right outside his front door.

"When I woke back up around 7 a.m. the police were all over the house," said Lowe.  

He says he opened his front door to find a disturbing scene.

"He was lying on his back, shot in the face," said Lowe.  

Despite the graphic scene, Lowe says it was the same guy he spoke to the night before, laying next to Lowe's business sign.

"Life is not a game, you know. This boy lost his life; it's over with for him," said Lowe.

Police still need tips in this case, if you know anything, call Crimestoppers.

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