15-Year-Old Boy Murdered While Protecting 5-Year-Old Sister From Home Intruder

Fifteen-year-old Khyler Edman fought to the death to protect his little sister from a man who broke into their home.

Port Charlotte, FL – A 15-year-old boy was murdered while trying to protect his five-year-old sister from a home intruder on Sept. 26, according to investigators.

Police were called to the Port Charlotte residential area at approximately 4 p.m., after witnesses spotted a man with stab wounds running around the neighborhood, ABC News reported.

When officers located the suspect, later identified as 27-year-old probationer Ryan Clayton Cole, he immediately attempted to flee from them on foot.

Cole was apprehended following a short chase, and was found to have multiple stab wounds on his side and hands, ABC News reported.

As Cole was being transported to a hospital, officers began receiving reports of multiple burglaries in the same area.

The description of the burglary suspect matched that of Cole, and one homeowner identified him in a photo lineup, ABC News reported.

During a canvas of the area, investigators discovered that someone had forced entry into a residence on Starlite Lane, according to Newsweek.

Officers searched the home and stumbled upon the body of 15-year-old Khyler Edman, ABC News reported.

Khyler’s uninjured five-year-old sister was also found inside the residence.

Deputies said that the teen heroically gave up his own life to protect his defenseless sister when the intruder broke into their home, WINK reported.

"A violent encounter ensued where we believe that the teenager was trying to protect the home and protect their younger sibling," Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell said during a press conference, according to Newsweek.

Khyler’s exact cause of death was not released.

“There is no hero that an amount to Khyler,” his family’s spokesperson, Crystal Stone, told WINK. “He loved his family. He was his sister’s keeper.”

Khyler was in the midst of his sophomore year at Charlotte County High School, where he took honors classes and was well-liked by his peers.

“[He] was the kind of kid that anyone would be proud to call their son,” Stone told WINK.

A fundraising campaign has been established to help cover Khyler’s funeral expenses, as well as to help his mother and young sister to “get into another house so they aren’t faced with having to relive the traumatic experience over again,” Stone said.

"Khyler was a hero protecting his sister but please continue to keep her in your prayers as she witnessed this,” she added.

Over $42,500 has been contributed to the fund so far.

According to police, Cole is a known drug user who was on probation at the time of his latest arrest, Newsweek reported.

He has been charged with petit theft and burglary of an occupied dwelling in connection with one of the other break-ins, and may face additional charges after the investigation into Khyler’s death is completed.

"We are working very closely with state attorney's office so we can provide the best case we can so this individual does not see the light of day again," Sheriff Prummell said, according to ABC News. “This has been a very tough scene to deal with. It was a senseless crime.”

Comments (96)
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Vanguard45
Vanguard45

So. . . WHERE WERE THE PARENTS???

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

At a young age, you showed us the true definition of a man and a hero … you gave your life protecting your baby sister. Rest in peace little guy, they got him.

ikaika
ikaika

Unimaginable tragedy for all three family members. I hope that bastard offs himself in jail immediately.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

This kid is a stud. RIP. His sister will grow up being grateful to her brother forever. Only if there were a firearm in the house...

James Robinson
James Robinson

Proof that hero's come in all shapes and sizes. RIP young hero, knowing that your actions undoubtedly saved your sisters life. God Bless you and keep you.

Pat1978
Pat1978

People that think property crimes should be treated with lenience and understanding should read stories like this. Many times a 'harmless' theft or burglary has turned into a murder when the thief is confronted, intentionally or otherwise.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

I remember a time in this country when kids could go miles to play for the afternoon with their Friends. Now, because of DRUGS, they aren't even safe in their OWN HOMES. Drugs are, directly or Indirectly responsible for almost 63% of ALL Crimes committed in this country...and we do NOTHING to stop the USE, TRANSPORTATION OR MANUFACTURE of these disgusting things..Oh Wait. we DO legalize a Gateway Drug,,,and that has PROVEN fatal for every state that did. https://www.azpolicy.org/2017/10/13/legalized-marijuana-what-has-it-done-to-colorado/

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

I just read another article that said the bad guy's stab wounds happened in the house where the boy was killed. So that boy fought to the death for his life and that of his sister.

JBo
JBo

On probation, huh? He's been arrested 5 times this year alone.

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

Oh, man.

willk94ever
willk94ever

Another piece of shit who shouldnt be breathing kills a kid. Just end these bastards.

Allm
Allm

With our justice system he will probably be out on the streets in 5 years and do it again...smh

pepeangel
pepeangel

TEACH YOUR KIDS TO FIRE A GUN!! ANY GUN!! THEY NEED TO KNOW IN ORDER TO BE SAFE IN THIS WORLD FULL OF MONSTERS!!

Rpindixie
Rpindixie

They talk about the murderer never seeing the light of day again? How about the death penalty for this low life belly crawling scum. He's one that should be hung in public.

DanoMontana
DanoMontana

Brave young man. A real loss. If I recall, not to long ago (Texas I think?) a kid younger then this brave young man, defended his home with gun, and people were freaking out because "someone that age should not have access to a firearm". Not trying to make this tragedy political, just saying I wish he was alive, and the intruder was full of bullet holes.

FilthyRich1999
FilthyRich1999

Don't feed the troll Hi_estComnDenomn. Why respond to his ignorant and juvenile statements. He just does it to piss you off. Stop entertaining this fool.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

RIP to this young man. Prayers to his family and friends. 🙏 The perp is a POS waste of oxygen and should be taken out back!!!

Andrew 1941
Andrew 1941

Too bad that young man wasn’t taught by his mother or if he had a dad to protect his home with a firearm. Evidently he was responsible enough to surrender his young life for his sister.

bryantrent
bryantrent

So sad hope the sob gets locked up for life

Raymelson
Raymelson

I would vote for a public hanging an maybe that would send a message to other criminals

StephH
StephH

Jobs...probably unlike you

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

And 'THE DEMS' want to disarm law abiding citizens. You can have them, barrel first!! This case reiterates how there are violent psychos out there, and we must train our children to realize that. What a shame this little girl has to live with this nightmare she'll never forget. I hope she grows up stronger from this. God bless the family.

Zero2Nine
Zero2Nine

Meet Kyhler,now known as *My Sister's Keeper. This is only one example to show the love and caring person he was. On behalf of the family I'd like to say they are beyond words to even say how greatful they are for the love you have all shown for Khyler, a hero. The family met their goal that was set and the contributions are just unbelievable. There is absolutely no question Khyler wont get the proper service and celebration of life he deserves. Mom and Khaleesi now dont have to worry about ever reliving this horrific event that happened in their home. There is absolutely no question justice will be served! and now the next step is Khylers Law which will set a new standard for the society.

tfort
tfort

I couldn't even complete the article. It is heartbreaking.

MizzV
MizzV

This makes me so sad and I wish this young man had received the training my children had received because he'd be alive and the perp would be dead!

What kind of training?

Our boys were trained in martial arts, as well as the use of Firearms. They were proficient shots and we had drills and practiced what to do in the event of a home invasion at night or when they were home alone.

Yes, we raised our children with LOADED, accessible firearms, and left them home alone with them!

There's no doubt in my mind had any of them been in this kid's shoes they were equipped and capable of protecting themselves and anyone else in the home.

I despise criminals!

We must get back to the days where all kids are taught how to safely, responsibly, and legitimately respect and handle firearms. We should all get back to respecting life, liberty, and the nuclear family too!

Marine.001
Marine.001

I still believe if u take a life urs should be taken also. EYE FOR AN EYE!!!!!

Lbw654
Lbw654

This absolutely broke my heart those babies. Bless him for the sacrifice to protect his sister. I hope that piece of shit rots, if the prisoners don’t get to his skimy ass first! I have a 17 yr I don’t know what I’d do if someone hurt my boy!

TangoTango
TangoTango

Hopefully, wherever Ryan Clayton Cole ends up spending his time, there are a few prisoners who still have enough integrity to persuade someone who has no chance of getting out to render some medieval justice on Ryan Clayton Cole, whom I consider to be the lowest of the low!!!!

Gramercy
Gramercy

God..bless the children....and a brother who gave of his life so his sister might live! Might this not be an "eye for an eye" situation as Marine.001 suggests????

Jeannie Lorene
Jeannie Lorene

There is no greater love than to lay down your life for another

cops-kid
cops-kid

15 year old Khyler Edman is not a boy... He is a MAN !, and a true hero. Rest in peace young man.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

I think we need to take Rodrigo Dueterte's approach when it comes to drug users and dealers...

RedSafety
RedSafety

RIP, Kyhler. You did well. It's too bad you didn't have a firearm available like many other teens did to protect themselves and their younger, or even older, siblings, and even their parents.

So where were the police? Evidently not notified until after the fact, as is often the case. And even then, they are 18 minutes away or more in many cases. Not their fault. Most do the best they can. Too many times they can only deal with the effects of the crime, not the crime in action. As Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

RIP Hero.....Now you will be your little sister's guardian angel....Prayers for the family of this young man who gave his life to protect his sister.....He has been awarded with a place in Heaven.....

Hoops
Hoops

If Cole is found guilty of murdering that boy, please don't let him ever see the light of day again.

Benson mom
Benson mom

What does it matter where their parents were. A fifteen year old is very capable of babysitting his sister. Put the blame where it lies. The scum that killed him.

Janken
Janken

What a tragedy, the maggot that just was released should have died