Family and pals gathered Monday to memorialize a younger Nashville musician who was shot to dying outdoors his dwelling final week.
Five youths ages 12 to 16 have been charged with felony murder within the dying of 24-year-old Kyle Yorlets. But on Monday, those that knew him centered on the person quite than the tragic circumstances of his dying. Friends and household spoke of Yorlets’ wit, musical expertise and simple method of constructing others really feel he actually cared about their struggles.
Michael Wiebell is the bassist for Yorlets’ band, Carverton. He mentioned in an interview earlier than the memorial that since Yorlets’ dying, they’ve heard from quite a few individuals who had been helped by him.
“One fan of ours had an issue with self-harm. Kyle would message her all year long. She posted that she was one-year free, and he was simply gushing,” Wiebell mentioned.
Then he added his personal story.
“When I ended consuming, each week he’d inform me how proud he was of me. He had a simply actually intense love you don’t discover fairly often,” he mentioned.
The memorial service was held at a packed chapel on the campus of Belmont University, Yorlets’ alma mater. The college is greatest identified for its music and music enterprise packages.
Dwayne O’Brien, who was Yorlets’ music enterprise teacher, spoke of the pleasure he took in watching Yorlets develop from somebody with apparent uncooked expertise to a disciplined skilled.
O’Brien mentioned Yorlets despatched him an e-mail not two weeks in the past in regards to the band’s first full-length album, which was scheduled to be launched subsequent month.
“He lastly felt that he was on his method,” O’Brien mentioned. “And as quickly as I heard the music, I agreed.”
Bandmate Michael Curry, talking earlier than the service, known as Yorlets “an excellent singer and a very good guitarist.” He additionally described Yorlets as “relaxed, assured, confident and hilarious.”
In a video performed throughout the memorial service, Wiebell mentioned when he first spoke to Yorlets about becoming a member of Carverton, Wiebell was nonetheless in one other band and didn’t need them to know in regards to the assembly. So Yorlets and bandmate Christian Ferguson confirmed up at Wiebell’s live performance carrying ridiculous pretend mustaches.
Asked about the way forward for the band, Curry mentioned they nonetheless wish to launch their album “Chasing Sounds.”
“It will come out,” he mentioned. “We simply have to determine how.”
Yorlets was fatally shot Thursday. Nashville Police mentioned in a press release that 5 youths had been in a stolen pickup truck in an alley behind Yorlets’ dwelling after they noticed him outdoors. They are accused of stealing his pockets, demanding the keys to his car and taking pictures him when he refused.