Police ID juveniles charged in deadly shooting of Nashville singer

Posted at 4:12 PM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 23:47:36-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police have identified three of the five juveniles who were arrested in the killing of a former Belmont University student and singer in West Nashville.

A housemate of 24-year-old Kyle Yorlets found him inside their home with a gunshot wound Thursday just before 3 p.m.

Officials with Metro police said the five suspects were in a stolen Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck in the alley that runs behind Yorlets’ home when they saw him outside. They allegedly took his wallet and demanded the keys to his vehicle.

Police said it’s believed that he was shot after he refused. Yorlets was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.

Metro police spokesman Don Aaron called Yorlets "an absolute, absolute innocent victim" in the case.

"The entire Nashville community, every neighborhood in this city should be concerned about what happened Thursday and the events of Thursday night. A truly innocent man was murdered outside of his home and as the investigation progressed, we now have five juveniles ranging in age from 12 to 16 in custody, we have two stolen loaded guns and two stolen vehicles that they were involved with on yesterday," Aaron said.

On Friday, Magistrate Mike O'Neil found probable cause to foward the case for all 5 suspects. The next hearing will be held on February 21.

Kyle Yorlets, courtesy of the band Carverton

Yorlets was from Pennsylvania and went to college at Belmont University. He was a member of a local band, Carverton. The band's manager said in a statement, "He was loved by his friends and family."

Early Friday morning, Metro Nashville Police Department arrested five teenagers in connection with the robbery and shooting.

According to Metro police, Tennessee law says three of the five can be identified because they are charged with homicide and they are over the age of 13.

Police identified them as Roniyah McKnight, 14, of Clifton Avenue, Diamond Lewis, 15, of Dinwiddie Drive, and Decorrius Wright, 16, of Decatur Street.

A 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy were also charged.

The pickup truck was found abandoned on Timberland Drive, which is south of the airport. Witnesses on Timberland Drive told police they saw three juveniles get out of the pickup truck. It was stolen Wednesday in Oak Grove, Kentucky.

Police said a loaded 9 millimeter pistol, which had been reported stolen, was recovered from them. A second loaded and stolen pistol was recovered from inside the store.

Officers also recovered another vehicle that had been stolen from Brentwood. Police said they used it to drive to the Walmart.

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