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Juveniles murder country music singer

by Bridgette Babb - Copy Editor
Tue, Feb 19th 2019 04:00 pm
Sing in Peace Kyle Yorlets (above) was a 24-year-old country singer who had aspirations of making it big before five juveniles tried to rob him and instead shot and killed him.
Sing in Peace Kyle Yorlets (above) was a 24-year-old country singer who had aspirations of making it big before five juveniles tried to rob him and instead shot and killed him.

A group of 5 juveniles are in the hot seat after taking the life of a country music singer in Nashville, Tennessee.

The victim, 24-year-old Belmont University student Kyle Yorlets, was allegedly shot in front of his home after an attempted robbery by minors went wrong. The suspects were identified as: Diamond Lewis, 15; Roniyah McKnight, 14; Decorrius Wright, 16; and two others who were not named due to their ages.

According to the New York Post, the killers stole a pickup truck in Oak Grove, Kentucky. They ended up in an alley behind Yorlet’s home by chance, cops said. When they noticed the young musician outside his home, they decided to rob him, but when he refused to give up his car keys, everything went left. One of the minors allegedly opened up fire on the Pennsylvania native. Though severely injured, Yorlets somehow found the strength to make it into the house, where he was found by a roommate about an hour later. He was pronounced dead later at the hospital.

The killers were caught later at a Walmart in Nashville, carrying a loaded pistol. According to New York Post, local police said these kids were no stranger to the violence of guns.

“The young killers were well armed — they had been stealing guns from vehicles for months,”

“He’s an absolute, absolute innocent victim,” police spokesman Don Arron said. He added, “none of the five individuals [arrested] are a stranger to the system or this police department.”

Independent.co.uk reported that Yorlets was the lead singer and songwriter for Carverton, a band whose first album is scheduled for release next month.

"We are in a state of shock and are having to grasp the reality that is now in front of us. We are heartbroken," the band said in a statement recently. "Our condolences for his family and loved ones and all the lives that he touched. We will never forget Kyle, and though he is gone too soon his legacy is here to stay."

The minors are being charged as adults. The Tessean reported the 12-year-old’s attorney is seeking leniency, since she herself did not pull the trigger. Assistant District Attorney Stacy Miller disagreed in the recent juvenile court held.

"She didn't run from there, and she didn't call the police," Ms Miller said, according to the Tennessean. "She's as guilty as they are."

Police involvement in the case started as they searched for the 12-year-old, who had run away from home, police spokesman Don Aaron said. Investigators found Snapchat photos of the girl in a car with other young people and guns, Aaron said, according to the Tennessean.

Deb Yorlets, the mother of the victim, recalled the artist's passion for singing from a tender age.

"He was extremely passionate about music. Everyone who met him was amazed and loved him," she said. "It's just so senseless what has happened.”

Samantha Harrison, a fellow co-worker, described the victim as someone who “made work not seem like work when he was around.”

A former college roommate of Yorlets, Alec Koukol, described his friend as a “kind, friendly and charismatic soul …who was very passionate about music.”

Yorlets’ only single, ‘Try To,’ will be played at the upcoming memorial service.

In a society that already looks down on minorities, especially African Americans, this tale is quite disheartening and frustrating. So many people have fought for equality, but that all goes out the window when a group of black children shoot a white man. In a month like February, when black history is nationally recognized, for these young ones not to have any sense of self awareness to know that robbing and killing is wrong, hurts. So many questions have arisen like where did they acquire the gun? Where are the parents? One bad decision has led to five lives being changed forever, along with 1 ending for good. As a people, we have to be more proactive. Teach young people the right way to go about making money. Help them know that there are ways to make something of themselves, before it is too late.

 

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