TAMPA — A 16-year-old boy whose body was found near a soccer field Monday has been identified as an associate of the Latin Kings gang, deputies said.
A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy discovered the body of Noslsen Careaga of Tampa about 6:30 a.m. along an access road near Shimberg Soccer Field, 7309 Baseball Ave., in Town 'N Country.
The teenager had been shot several times in the upper body.
The location is next to Morgan Woods Elementary School, which is on spring break.
The deputy had gone there to check on an alarm at the school. After determining it was a false alarm, the deputy checked the area and found the body.
A man listed as the owner of the Tampa house where Careaga lived declined to comment,
A neighbor had reported hearing gunshots about 2:30 a.m., said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter.
Irvin Rivera, 29, who lives nearby, said he heard what he thought were fireworks between 2 and 3 a.m. But he said hearing fireworks is not unusual in the small residential area, which is why he did not call the police.
"We set off fireworks sometimes," he said.
At this point, deputies do not know why Careaga was killed.