Five juveniles have been charged with homicide in connection to the fatal shooting of Kyle Yorlets, 24.
Ayrika L Whitney, The Tennessean
A public memorial will be held on Monday for a Nashville musician who was killed in a crime Metro police have called “senseless.”
Kyle Yorlets, 24, was killed Thursday after he was shot in an alley behind his home on the 3200 block of Torbett Street. Police have charged five juveniles in connection with his death.
The memorial will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Belmont University chapel. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Nashville police said Friday that the Thursday afternoon shooting of Yorlets appeared to be random.
Investigators believe a group of five young people, aged 12 to 16, had been hanging out in the alley behind Yorlets’ Torbett Street home in a stolen Chevrolet Colorado pickup taken from Oak Grove, Kentucky.
Police say they believe the juveniles saw Yorlets outside, approached him and took his wallet. Investigators say someone shot Yorlets after he refused to give up the keys to his vehicle. Police have not said who shot Yorlets.
After the shooting, police said, Yorlets made it back inside his home where he was found by one of his housemates about an hour later. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses told police they saw “several young persons after the homicide run to a pickup truck.”
Police say the minors later ditched the stolen pickup on Timberland Drive in the Hermitage Precinct, where it was recovered.
Officers found the teens at the West Nashville Walmart. They also discovered a loaded 9 mm pistol, which had been reported stolen, with one of the juveniles. Police found a second stolen pistol inside the Walmart.
The guns were taken during vehicle thefts, according to police, the first from South Nashville in 2018. The gun found inside Walmart was stolen Wednesday on 40th Avenue North.
Detectives believe the young people drove another stolen car, a Hyundai Santa Fe from Brentwood, to the Walmart.
Where will the memorial service be held?
Funeral arrangements for Yorlets are pending, according to Jen Appel, Carverton’s publicist.
A public memorial will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Belmont University’s chapel ahead of his funeral, according to the band. “All are welcome to come and celebrate the life of Kyle,” band members said.
A GoFundMe was created by his Carverton bandmate’s father on Thursday to help Yorlets’ family with any expenses related to his death.
Belmont President Bob Fisher said in a campus-wide email that the university would offer counseling to students and employees as needed.
“I am shocked by this news and am devastated to hear of the loss of one of our community members,” Fisher said. “I mourn this loss alongside you as we try to make sense of such senseless violence.”
Who was he?
Described as kind, friendly and forgiving, Yorlets was originally from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Belmont University in May 2017.
The 24-year-old musician was also a founding member of the Nashville-based band Carverton. He also worked at restaurants Milk and Honey, and Pastaria.
Yorlets’ bandmates said Friday they were in disbelief after his death.
“On Feb. 7, 2019, we lost our brother, best friend and bandmate Kyle Yorlets. We are in a state of shock and are having to grasp the reality that is now in front of us,” the statement released Friday says.
“We are heartbroken. 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.”
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Yesterday, our Pastaria Nashville family experienced a devastating loss. Right now, it is difficult for us to put into words what our staff is experiencing, what we are going through as a team, and for those who are in the industry know, what we are battling as a family. Kyle Yorlets was many things to many people: a soundboard, a mentor, a boyfriend, a wonderful musician, a confidant, an encourager, a day brightener, a friend… But most importantly, Kyle was a son. As much as we are hurting as a restaurant family, we can’t begin to imagine the heartache Kyle’s family is currently experiencing. There are many narratives to come from the senseless act of violence that was taken out upon such a gentle and loving soul, but the most important narrative is that we are standing together as a community to show those who could commit such a heinous crime against another human the love that Kyle shared with this world. Let’s stand together as a Music City community and show his family the light of his love in their darkest hour. We love you, Kyle. Just as much as you loved us. If you would like help Kyle’s family during this difficult time, please find the link to donate in our bio.
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Who are those charged?
Three girls, ages 12, 14 and 15, and two boys, ages 13 and 16, each face criminal homicide charges in connection with Yorlet’s death.
Prosecutors want to try the five Nashville juveniles as adults in connection with the Thursday robbery and fatal shooting.
The 12-year-old’s attorney has argued her case doesn’t belong in adult court, pointing out that she cooperated with police after her arrest.
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Metro Police spokesperson Don Aaron gives details about the fatal shooting of Kyle Yorlets.
Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee
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