I'm in the middle of fictional thriller/crime story I'm writing. It is very rough, and very young as a project. I am a writing amateur but thoroughly enjoying myself as I learn. Before I continue with my question, I want to give a fair warning that the story does contain a few violent and graphic (at times) situations, one of which I have to partially describe below in my question. If that isn't your sort of thing, then don't scroll down! To make a long question as short as possible; a boy's mother is found dead in an alley, he is unaware to what has happened. He leaves his house to run to his friend's house to find his mother as she never woke him up in the morning for school, when on the way there he encounters a roped off crime scene in a city where this isn't normal. A police officer recognizes the boy and knows it's his mother that is dead. The police officer approaches him - what does he say? What is proper protocol? This kid is 15 years old so being blunt with him as you might be able to be with an adult is ruled out. How would police handle this situation? Thanks!