An 18-year-old man was found shot to death early Wednesday in the middle of a Baton Rouge street, Baton Rouge police reported.

Keondrae Ricks of 1951 Nebraska St. was discovered just after midnight near the 2000 block of Nebraska St. with multiple wounds to the upper torso, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said a motive for the shooting was unknown.

The victim's mother, Kengar Taylor, sat on the steps of her house Wednesday morning as family and friends comforted her  at her home less than a block from where Baton Rouge police found her son shot to death in the street.

Her son's bicycle leaned against the porch. Taylorr said he was riding it when he was shot.

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Taylor described her oldest son, a student at nearby McKinley High School, as an affectionate child who loved to draw and spent much of his time outside school making rap music with friends.

On Monday, Taylor said, she'd talked with her son about staying out of trouble and away from a rough crowd that hangs out in the neighborhood. But Taylor said Ricks had never been in serious trouble before.

"He always gave me a kiss, he always told me he loved me when he got off the phone. He was just a good child," Taylor said.

"It's just..." Taylor added. "I don't know — it's just this neighborhood."

Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.