Shock & Heartbreak: Community fundraises for Nashville murder victim taken too soon

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

Bandmates of a Nashville musician who police say was gunned down by young teens are in a "state of shock" after Thursday night's murder.

Kyle Yorlets was a singer and songwriter in the band "Carverton" and a graduate of Belmont University.

Metro Police say the 24-year-old was shot during a robbery outside his home in the 3200 block of Torbett Street after refusing to give up the keys to his vehicle.

Charged in the case are five young teens, from ages 12 to 16. Metro Police have identified them here.

Kyle's parents are dairy farmers in Pennsylvania. A GoFundMe was launched to help with travel expenses for the family and to keep the farm running while Kyle's parents have to deal with the tragic loss of their son. Money will also go toward Kyle's funeral expenses.

Click here for the GoFundMe.

Statement from Carverton:

"On February 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. 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."
"We thank you for your support and will talk to you soon."
Michael, Christian, and Wiebell

Statement from Belmont University:

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Kyle Yorlets, a 2017 Belmont graduate. Kyle was killed yesterday afternoon in a shooting near his home in Nashville. I am shocked by this news and am devastated to hear of the loss of one of our community members.
Please join me in remembering Kyle’s family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time. Counseling Services and University Ministries Pastoral Care Staff are available to any student who is interested in speaking with someone. Additionally, faculty and staff can access a confidential, 24-hour Employee Assistance Program.
I mourn this loss alongside you as we try to make sense of such senseless violence. Please reach out to one of the services listed above if you are seeking additional support – we are here to help.

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