Me­mo­rial set for rock mu­si­cian killed in Ten­nessee rob­bery

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - STATE -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mourn­ers plan to gather Mon­day at a me­mo­rial ser­vice in Ten­nessee for mu­si­cian Kyle Yor­lets af­ter the front­man for the rock band Carver­ton was gunned down dur­ing a rob­bery.

The ser­vice will be held at Bel­mont Uni­ver­sity, Yor­lets’ alma mater, the Nashville­based band said in a state­ment. The band says “all are wel­come to come and cel­e­brate the life of Kyle.”

Yor­lets, 24, was fa­tally shot out­side his home Thurs­day, Metropoli­tan Nashville po­lice said.

Five youths in a stolen pickup truck were in an al­ley be­hind Yor­lets’ home when they spot­ted him out­side, po­lice said in a state­ment. They are ac­cused of steal­ing his wal­let, de­mand­ing the keys to his ve­hi­cle and shoot­ing him when he re­fused.

Au­thor­i­ties later ar­rested the youths at a Nashville store and re­cov­ered two stolen, loaded pis­tols. The sus­pects rang­ing in age from 12 to 16 were charged with crim­i­nal homi­cide, and pros­e­cu­tors were seek­ing to try them as adults.

A na­tive of Carlisle, Yor­lets and gui­tarist Michael Curry of Dills­burg, formed Carver­ton in 2014. They moved to Nashville, with drum­mer Chris­tian Ferguson and bassist Michael Wiebell join­ing in 2016.

The band’s de­but al­bum, “Chas­ing Sounds,” is due out at the end of March. The band said on its web­site that “each song is about piv­otal points in one’s life, leav­ing the lis­tener feel­ing wel­comed and ac­cepted to a com­mu­nity that ap­pre­ci­ates per­sonal growth dur­ing the hard­est of times.”

Ex­pand­ing on that theme, Yor­lets ex­plained, “We hope our mu­sic can be both re­lat­able and en­cour­ag­ing to those who need it. Life is crazy and un­pre­dictable, and we want to por­tray that in our mu­sic.”

“We are in a state of shock and are hav­ing to grasp the re­al­ity that is now in front of us,” the band’s state­ment said. “Our con­do­lences for his 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.”

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