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Music City continues to mourn loss of murdered musician

Kyle Yorlets, a Nashville musician and Belmont graduate, was murdered outside his home on Feb. 7. (Photo: Carverton)

Music City continues to mourn the death of 24-year-old Kyle Yorlets, a Nashville musician and Belmont University graduate.

Five kids, ages 12 to 16 got charged with his murder. Metro police say the children gunned him down along Torbett Street in North Nashville.

Investigators believe the kids took Yorlets' wallet, then shot him after he refused to hand over his car keys. We're told by police that a stolen truck and two stolen pistols were found with the five teens when they were arrested.

It seems Yorlets was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and those who love him say it's unfair he lost his life in this senseless act of violence.

Yorlets was a beloved restaurant employee at Pastaria in West End. In a Facebook post, those who worked with him say he was like family to them.

They say he was many things to many people. A mentor, a boyfriend, an encourager, and a day brightener.

Those who he served at the restaurant say that just the small interaction made a huge impact on them.

He was also a musician with the band, Carverton.

A Facebook post from the band reads, “We will never forget Kyle, and though he is gone too soon his legacy is here to stay.”


Yorlets’ sister says, "His career was just literally starting to kick off."

His sister, who didn’t want her identity to be shared says she will remember his smile, and the sound of his voice.

"He was so talented, and so inspiring, and this whole community, everybody loved him, everybody, and he left an indent on everybody's heart,” she says.

A heart for music, a heart for serving others, a heart taken for seemingly no reason at all.

Five teens were arrested, accused of shooting Yorlets’ outside his house after he wouldn't give them his car keys.

One of those teen's parents tells Fox17 that she tried to get her son help, or leave him in a detention center, but was unable to.

"I even called DCS on myself two times just to ask them what can I do, I don't know what to do anymore,” says Martine Wright.

Terry Key, founder of Edgehill Bike Club says groups like his, and others trying to fight teen violence need support and backing from leaders to prevent crimes like this one.

"The thing is we need discipline back in the houses, and we need consequences for the kids, because they know better,” says Key. "We are talking about trying to stop these kids before they even start thinking about gangs and drugs. We are trying to tell them there is more to life. You don't have to do what everyone is doing out here."

The community is invited to honor the live of Yorlets at a memorial service on Monday the 11th. It is being held at the chapel at Belmont University at 3:00 pm.

There is also a GoFundMe page to help Yorlets’ family with expenses relating to his death.

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