NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
When a dear family member or friend dies, those he or she left behind recall the last conversation they ever had with them. Too often, we lament that praise is saved for the eulogy.
But Kyle Yorlets’ friends do not have that pain. Their dear friend Kyle told them all the time how much he loved them and appreciated them.
“It was always his spirit that kind of kept us going,” said Karianne Dixon who met Kyle shortly after he moved to Nashville from Pennsylvania.
“We were all going to go to a show tonight for one of our other friends that was performing,” shared another friend Amirah Tayyun. “And he was just an awesome guy. I’m so proud of him.”
Five suspects, ages 12 to 16, have been charged with Kyle’s murder.
Roniyah McKnight, 14, Diamond Lewis, 15, and Decorrius Wright, 16, are charged along with two others who are 12 and 13 years old and too young for police to release their identity.
Tayyun shared profound words when asked what she would say to Kyle’s alleged killers. “You don’t know what you’ve done. You don’t know how many people you have impacted in this. You have no idea what you have done. You will not understand what you have done until you are sitting by yourself in a jail cell looking out the window. For the next however many years of your life. I honestly feel sorry for that.”
Kyle, a Nashville musician and Belmont graduate, was murdered outside his home.
Metro Police said the young suspects stole a Chevy pickup truck in the alley behind Yorlets’ home in the 3200 block of Torbett Street when they spotted him outside. The kids robbed Yorlets of his wallet, but the victim refused when demanded to hand over his keys, Metro Police said.
That’s when police believe Yorlets was fatally shot.
The stolen Chevy pickup truck was recovered Thursday evening at Timberland Drive in Hermitage. Police learned that the three suspects traveled to the west Nashville Walmart along Charlotte Pike. There, officers arrested all five suspects.
Police said they recovered two stolen pistols during the investigation. The vehicle the teens were caught with at Walmart was also reported stolen out of Brentwood.
Behind evil always comes goodness. The community has already raised more than $17,000 for the Yorlets family by a GoFundMe. Kyle’s friends are choosing to remember his quirky, goofy, infectious spirit even as they battle anger and bitterness.
“He was such a caring person that would do anything for any of us, and it’s not fair,” Tayyun said.
“The light of every room. Always happy. Always fun to be around,” Dixon continued.
Friday on Facebook, Dixon shared her thoughts and offered a reminder to everyone.
“Tell your friends you love them. Life is too short to not,” Dixon wrote. “Kyle Yorlets told us all every day. Do not let anger take over right now. Those who knew Kyle, know he wouldn’t have wanted that. He would make sure all of us were safe and comforted before even thinking about his own wounds. Pray for his family. Pray for his girlfriend, Faith. Pray for all of his classmates and coworkers. Pray for his band. And please, pray for those children because they are lost and need guidance back to their Lord.”