A Teen Died Saving His 5-Year-Old Sister From A Burglar – BuzzFeed News
Cole, who had stab wounds on his hands and side, was taken to a hospital and then into custody.
Cole has a history of drug use and was known by authorities, the sheriff said, adding that he was currently on probation. Cole was charged with burglary, theft, and violating his parole. He is facing additional counts related to Khyler’s death.
Jail records show that he has been arrested more than 20 times since 2011, five times this year alone, for crimes like drug possession, burglary, trespassing, resisting arrest, and stealing.
“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,” Prummell added.
In shock and grieving, Khyler’s family, friends, and members of his community have been gathering to honor the teen, who they are remembering as a hero who loved his little sister.
On a GoFundMe page set up to help the teen’s family with burial expenses and finding a new home, family members wrote that Khyler “lost his life being a hero” and that the funds will help his mom and sister “get into another house so they aren’t faced with having to relive the traumatic experience over again.”
As of Tuesday evening, 1,700 people had donated $61,000.
“My son had a long life ahead of him, that was taken too soon,” his mother wrote. On Facebook, next to his school picture, she posted that “a piece of my heart will forever be missing.”
Khyler loved fishing, the outdoors, bumper cars, and riding bikes with his friends, according to his obituary. He was a member of his high school’s National Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps and wanted to join the military after graduation.
The teen, who “was full of life,” was known for his “unselfishness” and “always putting others before himself.”
“Khyler will always hold the title of an awesome big brother to his siblings, especially his sister. He was kind, caring, loving, and will be missed by many,” his family wrote in their tribute.