Five children, ages 12 to 16, murder & rob lead singer of popular rock band, Carverton: Police

Five Tennessee children have been charged in connection with the robbery and death of beloved musician, Kyle Yorlets.

The Tennessean reports that 24-year-old Yorlets refused to give the five kids his car keys after they approached him outside of his Nashville home off of Torbett Street at around 3 p.m. Thursday. According to police, the suspects included two boys, ages 13 and 16, and three girls, ages 12, 14 and 15.

The suspects reportedly stole Yorlets’ wallet, which the musician handed over to them, but when he didn’t give up his car keys, he was fatally shot. Yorlets managed to make it back into his home, where his roommate found him and took him to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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According to a press release by Nashville police, authorities located the children Thursday night at a Walmart off of Charlotte Pike. Police spokesman Don Aaron said they found the suspects while out looking for a 12-year-old runaway girl. The girl apparently posted a Snapchat photo of herself in the truck “with other young people with guns.”

Witnesses told police they saw the children flee Torbett Street, running toward a red truck. Police said the suspects stole a red Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck, which they used to flee in after shooting Yorlets. Aaron said they pieced the information together, which led them to the suspects.

“As we began looking at the descriptions provided by witnesses on Torbett Street it became clear that the persons with the 12-year-old were likely the same ones in the pickup truck,” Aaron said.

The children ditched the stolen truck on Timberland Drive, according to police, then went to the Walmart. Authorities found them with a loaded nine millimeter pistol. An additional stolen, loaded gun was found inside the Walmart.

All five suspects were charged with criminal homicide. Per Tennessee law, children ages 13 and under cannot be publicly named, even when committing a felony. The older suspects have been identified as,

  • Decorrius Wright, 16
  • Diamond Lewis, 15
  • Roniyah McKnight, 14

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All of the suspects were detained and arrested. The District Attorney’s office will decide if they’ll be charged as adults.

The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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[Feature Photo: Kyle Yorlets: Carverton handout/Decorrius Wright, Diamond Lewis, & Roniyah McKnight/Police Handout]