Hours af­ter hear­ing the shots that end­ed her son’s life, a woman found her son’s life­less body mere me­tres from her home.

Vaun­dell Joseph, 28, was found dead in a drain which ran along a track which con­nect­ed his home to Up­per St Vin­cent Street, Tu­na­puna at around 6:15 am yes­ter­day.

The dis­cov­ery was made by his moth­er as she made her way through the path­way, and spot­ted her son, ly­ing face­down in a blood­ied vest.

Joseph was a handy­man, Guardian Me­dia was told.

Po­lice were told that shots were heard in the area short­ly af­ter mid­night, but lit­tle was made of it by Joseph’s moth­er.

Joseph’s body was re­moved at around 9:30 am yes­ter­day and tak­en to the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre were a post mortem was done.