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Five Juveniles Charged with Thursday's Murder of Musician Kyle Yorlets

2/8/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

North Precinct detectives this morning charged five juveniles with criminal homicide for Thursday afternoon’s fatal shooting of Belmont graduate and local musician Kyle Yorlets outside his home in the 3200 block of Torbett Street.

Under Tennessee law, three of the five can be identified here because they are charged with homicide and they are over the age of 13. The three are Roniyah McKnight, 14, of Clifton Avenue, Diamond Lewis, 15, of Dinwiddie Drive, and Decorrius Wright, 16, of Decatur Street. Also charged are a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy.

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.

By early Thursday evening, the stolen pickup truck was recovered on Timberland Drive in the Hermitage Precinct. Concerted and coordinated work by the Juvenile Crime Task Force, Youth Services detectives and North Precinct detectives led to information that the teens had traveled to the West Nashville Wal-Mart on Charlotte Pike. Officers went there and apprehended all five. A loaded nine millimeter pistol, which had been reported stolen, was recovered from them. A second loaded and stolen pistol was recovered from inside the store. The vehicle in which they traveled to the Wal-Mart, a Hyundai Santa Fe stolen from Brentwood, was also recovered.

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Roniyah McKnight, 14

Diamond Lewis, 15

Decorrius Wright, 16