Bandmates of slain Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets describe loss, share memories
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Bandmates of Kyle Yorlets, the man gunned down during a robbery by five young juveniles issued remarks for the first time since his death last week.
Yorlets was killed last Thursday night when five suspects between the ages of 12 to 16 robbed the 24-year-old outside of his Torbett Street home. Metro Nashville Police say Yorlets turned over his wallet but refused to give the juveniles his keys, at which time he was shot.
Michael Curry, the first of the bandmates to meet Kyle, said during the band's first interview since the shooting they "we're all grieving." Curry says he and Yorlets moved to Nashville four years ago in pursuit of their careers.
The band has been together for three years, Curry saying it was "like hanging out with your best friends all the time." Curry says Kyle was a great singer, guitarist and had a knack for performance.
Curry says "Kyle was just really relaxed, confident, self-assured, the funniest person you'd ever meet." Michael Wiebell added Kyle was a giving person, at times reaching out to strangers to wish them congratulations or share in special moments.
Curry says Kyle was always the same person on stage as he was off stage. "Bands from all over the world have reached out just to tell us how they feel," Wiebell says. Curry says the band was planning a tour in February and were in the process of planning a release of their new record, their second.
Christian Ferguson, a White House native, stated on the future of the band, "I think we want to keep playing. "We think it's the only thing to do," Curry says of releasing the record in memory of their slain bandmate.
Curry says "the biggest thing of all, he just believed in free expression." Wiebell says the band chose to speak to share who Kyle really was. "People need answers," Curry added.
Curry says to summarize how much Kyle loved music is a statement the singer previously made, "I'll be chasing sounds until the day I die." "We're gonna keep going. I think that's the best way to honor him," Curry says.
On violent crimes like the one that claimed his friend, Curry said "We just hope for this case and any future case that the judicial system brings forth the most justice possible." "We want to thank everyone for the support and all the love they've shown to Kyle," Wiebell added.