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Kyle Yorlets was chasing the dream as the singer for a Nashville-based band who also worked as a bartender to help pay the bills until he was gunned down outside of his home Thursday night, allegedly by a pack of juveniles.

“We are heartbroken,” Yorlets’s bandmates in the group Carverton said a statement Friday morning. “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.”

As his friends mourned, the justice system responded. Prosecutors said they want the five juveniles involved to be tried as adults, something very rare in Tennessee, the Tennessean reported.

“The investigation shows that the five were in a stolen Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck in the alley that runs behind Yorlets’ home when they spotted him outside. The juveniles interacted with Yorlets, took his wallet, and ultimately demanded that he surrender the keys to his vehicle. It is believed that he was fatally shot after he refused,” a police statement said.

The group accused of being responsible for his death is made up of three girls, aged 12, 14 and 15, and two boys, aged 13 and 16.

Although a lawyer for the 12-year-old girl wanted her to be tried as a child, Assistant District Attorney Stacy Miller disagreed during a juvenile court hearing.

“She didn’t run from there, and she didn’t call the police,” Miller said. “She’s as guilty as they are.”

The group was arrested Friday, at which time police took possession of two guns, police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Aaron said the police hunt for the juveniles began as a search for the 12-year-old girl, who had run away from home, The Washington Post reported.

Aaron said that as they were searching for the girl, police found Snapchat posts showing her “with other young people with guns.”

Police then took testimony from witnesses near where Yorlets were shot and learned that the shooting and missing person cases had intersected.

Police said that after Yorlets was shot, he was able to return inside to the house where he was living. He was found an hour later by a housemate. At that point, he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

GoFundMe page has been established to assist the Yorlets family with funeral expenses. By early Sunday afternoon, it had raised over $37,000.

Carverton, the band with which Yorlets sang, had its debut album scheduled for release next month.

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  1. Carole Barrett

    February 11, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I am sorry for his family and friends, they lost someone they can never replace. I am sorry for the families of the idiot children, they may loose many years of the lives of their babies that they can never get back. To the murderers, I have no sympathy, what ever your punishment it won’t be enough. While you do your time, your victim will be dead. When you are released, your victim will still be dead. When you are able to live what is left of your time on earth, your victim will still dead. Nothing can give back what your selfish, careless, self centered action has taken, all because you wanted a little excitement, the thrill of the theft, the rush of hearing the weapon go off, the power of taking what you didn’t pay for that he needed to live, work and improve himself. You will get off easy by comparison to the price your victim paid. Live with that, just like his family and friends will have to.

    • Mike

      February 11, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      can u imagine being 12 to 16 years old and going to prison? which by the way won’t happen, but wherever the go they will be used and abused, they will all be lucky to live to be 20,,,sad

  2. Michael_T

    February 11, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Put them all down. They are feral animals, and deserve no better. Make an example of them, and show the other punks what is in their future if they do the same thing.

  3. John R. Pyles III

    February 11, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    take the heads off of these little bastards, and then go take the heads off of the dead beat parents. they are 100% responsible for these little bastards

    • William

      February 11, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      I totally agree John. Our courts are still not tough enough with this ghetto trash. Children my ass! Those little bastards should be hung in the town square.

  4. Steven L Gobble

    February 11, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    I agree 100% but just watch what the court does when they plead that their brains aren’t developed and they shouldn’t be responsible. ALL rabid animals should be put down.

    • Shari Early

      February 11, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      Then put the parents on trial and charge them with breeding criminals.

  5. Bill Van Dam

    February 11, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    I try VERY hard not to act, or sound racist. But it becomes more and more difficult when reading stories like this. Do I care what others think? NO! They can stick that PC crap up their ass.

  6. stephen winters

    February 11, 2019 at 3:07 pm


  7. RAY SAY

    February 11, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Smells like a ‘Hate Crime’ also, just more ‘Black Envy’. ‘Executed Them

  8. MissD

    February 11, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    F’ing ni33ers ! That’s all they are …

  9. Joe

    February 11, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Surprise surprise, all niggers. Kill these animals. No trial

  10. Brenda Torres

    February 11, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Do the Crime, Do the Time….Everyone knows the penalty for Murder, young and old alike! Some of these youngsters are even wise to the Law that says they can’t be judged as an adult and take advantage of that….No Mercy!!!

  11. Nita Kennedy

    February 11, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Try them all as adults, and give them the death penalty. They don’t deserve to live. Start cleaning up the streets of this trash and no deals. If you kill someone you deserve to die and no appeals, quit wasting taxpayers money and take out the trash!

  12. guy

    February 11, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Why isn’t this being classified as a HATE crime!!! If he had been a black person and the killers were white then they would be tried for a hate crime, where is justice anymore. These thugs should get the death penalty

  13. Linda

    February 11, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    These 5 puking cockroaches knew exactly what they were doing. It is a hate crime from the get go. 50-life, no parole, no special privileges. They thought they were some bad ass adults, now treat them like they are some bad ass adults. 12, 13, and 14 years old…trust me, as grown as a 20 year old.

  14. Kablake

    February 12, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Hmmm.. Didn’t see this on CNN, MSNBC or any of the far left media outlets.. Wonder why? And those kids aren’t racists!! Don’t you know better? Only the majority can be racist! And those poor kids ancestors were slaves, so that should count for something.. NOT!!!

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