Our heart breaks for this family. Khyler Edman, 15, was killed in Florida while protecting his 5-year-old sister from a burglar breaking into his home.
The sheriff said that around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, the police received reports of burglaries and numerous calls about a suspicious person who appeared to have been stabbed. When they responded, the wounded person initially fled, but was caught about 15 minutes later. A resident identified him as a burglar, the police said.
The suspect, Ryan Clayton Cole, 27, had stab wounds on his hands and side when he was taken into custody, the sheriff said. The police believe that Mr. Cole and Khyler were involved in a violent altercation inside Khyler’s home, and that Khyler succumbed to his injuries.
The police canvassed homes in the area after arresting Mr. Cole and saw signs of forced entry at Khyler’s house, the sheriff said. They discovered his body inside. The police did not release a cause of death.
“It appears that the suspect had broken into this residence, a violent encounter ensued wherewebelieve that the teenager was trying to protect the home and protect their younger sibling,”the sheriff said.
His 5-year-old sister was unharmed. Supporters set upa GoFundMe pageto help cover funeral expenses and try to move Khyler’s mother and sister into a new home. One of the organizers wrote on the page that the 5-year-old, who has not been publicly identified, had witnessed the altercation. The family could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, and they have asked for privacy, the police said.
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