Five minors have been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting and robbery of a Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets in front of his home this week.
The New York Post reports that Roniyah McKnight, 14, Diamond Lewis, 15, and Decorrius Wright, 16 — as well as a 12-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy — were all charged in connection to the slaying of Yorlets, who plays in a local rock band named Carverton, the Nashville Police Department said in a Friday press release.
Under Tennessee law, the three oldest can be identified because they are charged with homicide and are over the age of 13, police said. It wasn’t clear who allegedly pulled the trigger.
All five were inside a stolen Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck in an alley running behind Yorlets’ home Thursday afternoon when they spotted him outside, cops said.
They “interacted” with him before they snatched his wallet and demanded that he fork over his car keys, according to authorities.
Police believe Yorlets was shot when he refused.
Yolets — who is from Pennsylvania and attended Belmont University — made it back into his home where one of his housemates discovered him around 3pm, police said in an earlier statement. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
By Thursday evening, investigators recovered the pick-up truck and determined that the teens had headed to the West Nashville Wal-Mart. Officers showed up there and took them into custody, cops said.
A loaded 9-mm pistol, which had been reported stolen, was recovered from them — and another loaded, reportedly stolen pistol was found inside the store. A Hyundai Santa Fe, which the teens had used to get to the superstore, was also recovered.
Yorlets’ grieving bandmates posted a statement to Twitter early Friday.
“On February 7, 2019 we lost our brother, best friend and bandmate Kyle Yorkets,” Carverton posted. “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 this 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.”
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished here with permission