A fifteen year old boy is dead after a violent encounter that the Charlotte County Sheriff's Department said was to protect his little sister from a burglar.
The body of Khyler Edman was discovered around 4:30 pm in his Port Charlotte home on Thursday, September 26th, after authorities apprehended a suspect who was wandering around the neighborhood.
Authorities said his little sister, who was also in the house, was unharmed.
"It has been a very tough scene to deal with," said Sheriff Bill Prummell.
"It was a senseless crime."
This is 15-year old Khyler Edman. You've never heard of him before. He was at home in Florida with his 5-year old… https://t.co/Kr0xwBvxKJ— Muhammad Lila (@Muhammad Lila)1569979104.0
The suspect who was apprehended after neighbors called 911, reporting an injured man walking down the street, is 27-year-old Ryan Cole. He attempted to flee when officers pulled up to assist him.
Cole has been arrested on charges of burglary and resisting arrest. More charges are expected related to the death of Edman.
@nytimes It’s times like this I wish I knew heaven was real. Your forever hero, young man!— Tara Bert (@Tara Bert)1569965615.0
@nytimes Hope he gets a heroes burial Because all we'll get from this criminals is a slap in the face and a longer rap sheet of his crimes— Libby Rawdon (@Libby Rawdon)1569970160.0
@nytimes that’s an amazing big brother.— Bob S (@Bob S)1569965261.0
@nytimes What a brave young man! Sincere condolences to his family and friends💔💜— moscroprose (@moscroprose)1569974005.0
@nytimes Rest In Peace, Hero.— Knot (@Knot)1569978212.0
Cole appears to have been responsible for several burglaries in the area.
It appeared Cole had stab wounds on his hands and side when he was taken into custody, a sign of the struggle between he and the teenager.
Sheriff Prummell said:
"We are working very closely with the State Attorney's Office to make sure that we provide the best case we can so this individual does not see the light of day again."
@nytimes May this little HERO rest in peace. This broke my heart.— G Money (@G Money)1569964869.0
@nytimes #KhylerEdman RIP Hero— AJ Woodson (@AJ Woodson)1569964838.0
@nytimes Condolences to the family of this little Hero... 😢— Paula Grelowski (@Paula Grelowski)1569965169.0
@nytimes People are given courage and hero awards for some of the dumbest reason. Khyler Edman is a true real hero!!!!!— M Diebold (@M Diebold)1569968667.0
@nytimes Absolutely heart breaking. RIP— Jay Paul (@Jay Paul)1569964873.0
A GoFundMe has been set up to cover the funeral expenses for Khyler and his family.
His mother on the page:
"Please help my family at this time give Khyler a proper burial he deserves."
"He was only 15 years old and lost his life due to a senseless act of a stranger. My son had a long life ahead of him, that was taken too soon."
@nytimes @Micah_Not_Micha Little hero, rest in peace. <3— Brittany Ⴟ (@Brittany Ⴟ)1569964975.0
@nytimes What a brave young man.— Chris Jones (@Chris Jones)1569970366.0
@nytimes Condolences 😢— TrishG (@TrishG)1569965359.0
@nytimes The world we live in...— Dale (@Dale)1569965899.0
@nytimes I’m so sorry for his family. May he Rest In Peace.— Mary E Brown (@Mary E Brown)1569967467.0
The page currently has $75,076 raised for the family.
May Khyler Edman rest peacefully.
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