North Nashville church hosts town hall on recent murder, teen crime

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Councilman Johnathan Hall at youth crime town hall

A North Nashville church is leading the effort to fight teen crime.

A grassroots community meeting called ONE Nashville was held to address and stop teen crime on Saturday morning at Corinthian Baptist Church.

Elected city leaders, clergy, parents, teachers and volunteers came together to discuss the recent murder of 24-year-old Kyle Yorletts, a Belmont graduate and local rock musician. 

Police arrested and charged five juveniles, ages 12-16, with criminal homicide in the case, and prosecutors have said they want to try all five as adults.  

Davidson Co. Juvenile Court Clerk Lonnell Matthews spoke on what areas of teen crime are up and down. Year to year, Matthews says, handgun possession, homicides and car thefts are up. 

He also shared statistics showing that children as young as 10 are involved in lesser offenses in the juvenile system.

The crowd of about 40 people also included a member of Nashville’s new Community Oversight Board.

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