A Florida teenager is being hailed a hero after giving his life to protect his sister from a home invader last Thursday.
The Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell said Khyler Edman, 15, was at home on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 26, when a man, identified as 27-year-old Ryan Clayton Cole, broke in.
According to the sheriff’s office, officers received 911 calls around 4 p.m. about an injured man walking along the streets near Starlite Lane and Clean Boulevard in Port Charlotte.
When police arrived, the man took off. After a short chase, they were able to apprehend Cole. He had been stabbed several times on his hands and side. Cole was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.
Prummell said Cole broke into another home in the area. The man was identified by a victim in that crime.
Police began canvassing the area and later discovered the door forced open to Khyler’s home. When they went inside, they found the teen deceased and his 5-year-old sister, unharmed.
Deputies said Cole broke into the home, a violent encounter occurred, and Khyler died protecting his little sister during the burglary.
The teen’s family is asking for privacy during this difficult time. They posted an update on their GoFundMe page to help with burial costs, as well as help the family get into a new home so they aren’t faced with the daily reminder of this traumatic experience.
“On September 26, Khyler lost his life being a hero protecting his five-year-old sister, when a man broke into our home in Port Charlotte. 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. I have given Crystal Stone and Chad Ackermann permission to help my family at this time,” GoFundMe post.
According to the post, there will be a fundraiser event on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harbor heights park.
The sheriff’s office said Cole was known to authorities, having been arrested several times in Port Charlotte this year, and was currently on probation, with a history of drug use, reported WWSB-TV.
Cole was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and petit theft for the first incident, police said. Further charges were possible pending the outcome of the death investigation.