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5 kids, between 12 and 16, charged with murder of Tennessee man

5 kids, between 12 and 16, charged with murder of Tennessee man

Nashville police arrested five juveniles Friday in the fatal shooting of a popular local musician, PEOPLE confirms.

A 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy were also charged in the case, police said. The oldest suspect is 16 while the youngest is 12.

Police say the 5 children were in a pickup truck in an alley behind Kyle's home when they saw him and allegedly made a decision to steal his vehicle.

Cops say the children were attempting to steal the 24-year-old singer's auto and shot him after he refused to turn over his keys. They were arrested late Thursday night at a Walmart about six miles west from where Yorlets was shot, police said.

Officers were eventually able to track down the stolen pickup truck and the five children.

Police said the juveniles were arrested at a West Nashville Wal-Mart and a gun was recovered, along with a stolen vehicle in the parking lot.

And they say they were in another stolen vehicle after abandoning the pickup that was stolen in Kentucky.

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Yorlets was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The service will be held at Belmont University, Yorlets' alma mater, the Nashville-based band said in a statement.

Under Tennessee law, due to the severity of the charges police released the names of the three juvenile suspects who are over the age of 13.

"On February 7, 2019 we lost our brother, best friend, and bandmate Kyle Yorlets".

Carverton said in a statement that they were shocked and heartbroken by the news. Yorlets graduated from Belmont in May 2017 and worked at restaurants between performances.

"We will never forget Kyle, and though he is gone too soon his legacy is here to stay", the band said.

"He's an absolute, absolute innocent victim", Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron told the Tennessean newspaper Friday morning. A second loaded, stolen pistol was recovered from inside the store. They moved to Nashville, with drummer Christian Ferguson and bassist Michael Wiebell joining in 2016.