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Opelika teen murdered

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OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -  "I was speechless because I didn't think he would go so fast."

Stephanie Dawson says her whole world turned upside down when she found out her oldest son, 18-year-old Martez White, was found dead along the side of the road -- a few streets down from where the family lives.

His body was found on the side of South Long Street. Officials say he was shot once in the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene around 7:30 eastern time Saturday morning.

Police couldn't say if he was dropped off, walked to South Long Street or if that was the scene of the crime but neighbors say they didn't hear any gun fire.

"This community is quiet, peaceful -- everybody knows everybody. So it's a shock to the whole community," his mother said.

White's mother says one thing she and members of the community have are questions. Many of which are unanswered at this point in the investigation.

With no clarity on the events leading up to the teen's death and no suspects in the case, Dawson and the police are turning to the public for help.

"If anyone knows any kind of information, please contact the police department. It will sure bring this case to an end and ease my mind because right now I'm in the dark. I don't know what happened. It's a tragedy and it's sad how he lost his life," Dawson added.

White's body has been taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Opelika Police Department at the following numbers:

Main number: 334-705-5200

Investigative Services: 334-705-5220

Secret Witness Hotline: 334-745-8665

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