HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A birthday party was winding down ... the adults were upstairs and the kids were playing outside.
"All you hear is just one single shot. POW! And we all jumped up and ran downstairs." said neighbor Tiffany Taylor.
There they found the boy who had just turned 14, bleeding to death from a gunshot to the stomach.
It all makes no sense to his family.
"He loved his momma. He loved to go fishing and get out. It's hard for me. To talk about him in the past."
So how did it happen? Police say there was a group of armed robbers prowling the area at the time ... was it them?
"We're not sure. We do have some people in custody that were in Volvo in that incident going downtown. At this point we don't know if they were involved or not." said detective David Stark.
But theories here abound. Some swear it was a shot from out of no where. Others aren't so sure.
"All I heard is they were playing with a gun and a little dude got killed," said neighbor Philmore Pier.
And that is the bottom line. A 14-year-old boy named Ocyrus Braux, a good kid by all accounts, will never make it to 15.
"I have no idea about -- why him of all people? Out of all people?" said Taylor.