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Family: Florida teen killed while protecting his younger sister during burglary

Posted at 8:50 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 20:50:28-04

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (WTXL) — A 15-year-old boy was killed last week in Florida while defending his 5-year-old sister, according to the teen’s family.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office said around 4:00 p.m. on Sept. 26, they were called to Starlite Lane and Ocean Boulevard in Port Charlotte where neighbors said an injured man had been seen walking along the streets.

When deputies arrived, they spotted 27-year-old Ryan Cole. He had been stabbed several times on his hands and side and ran from deputies, crossing the canal towards Conway Boulevard.

Deputies say Cole broke into a home on Conway. The homeowner called 911 and deputies took him into custody after a short foot pursuit.

The sheriff’s office says they began canvassing the neighborhood and discovered that Cole had broken into a home on Starlite Lane. Inside, they found 15-year-old Khyler Edman deceased. Deputies say Cole broke into the home, a violent encounter occurred, and Edman died protecting his younger sibling.

The sheriff’s office did not release how Edman died and initially stated the family wished for privacy, but the teen’s family came forward Monday to say Edman was killed in the home while protecting his 5-year-old sister, who was found in the home unharmed.

A GoFundMe account has raised more than $20,000 for Edman’s family.

Cole is currently being held on burglary of an occupied dwelling and petit theft for the break-in on Conway. The sheriff’s office says they continue to investigate what happened at the home on Starlite Lane and expect additional charges to be filed against Cole.