NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Nashville’s Chief of Police, Juvenile Judge and District Attorney are now coming together with a new strategy designed to tackle the dangerous problem of stolen guns falling into the hands of teenagers .
Kyle Yorlets was a young musician from Nashville with the potential for a long career.
“When he was writing music, it was like watching someone carve something out of wood,” one of Yorlet’s friends said in a 2020 interview with News4.
A year after the murder of Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets, his family sits down for the first time in a moving interview.
Then, on February 7, 2019, her parents received a call from a Metro Police chaplain.
“And I knew that was bad news,” Kyle’s mom, Debra Yorlets, said.
Two teenagers involved in the murder of a Nashville musician have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting and killing Yorlets with a stolen gun.
“Nothing is sadder than meeting a mother who has lost her child to gun violence, nothing,” said Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk.
Two teenagers involved in the murder of a Nashville musician pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges on Tuesday.
Funk said it happens too often. So far this year, 314 firearms have been reported stolen in Nashville. Of these, 222 were caught in cars.
Police said most of those cars were unlocked, and in many cases the guns ended up in the hands of teenagers.
“Nothing good happens if a 15 or 16 year old is in possession of a stolen gun,” Funk said. “It is the most preventable of all crimes.”
That’s why Funk joined Metro Police Chief John Drake and Davidson County Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway in a campaign called “Be Smart.”
The idea is to get gun owners to store their guns safely.
“Because we really need to get the word out and reinforce it again and again,” Funk said.
Otherwise, Funk said, we would see more and more tragedies like the one involving Yorlets.
“Everyone in this town needs to understand that this can happen to them,” Debra Yorlets said.
The video campaign will be broadcast on television and shared on social networks. To see the video, click here.
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