Family: 15-year-old Florida boy dies protecting 5-year-old sister from intruder


A heartbreaking story out of Port Charlotte, Florida today.

That’s where a family says their 15-year-old son was killed while trying to protect his 5-year-old sister.

According to the sheriff’s office, it happened around 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 26 when they were called to Starlite Lane and Ocean Boulevard in Port Charlotte.

That’s where a report came in from neighbors that there was an injured man walking the streets.

They say when they got there, they found 27-year-old Ryan Cole, who had been stabbed several times on his hands and side.

Ryan Cole
Ryan Cole is currently being held on burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and petit theft. The sheriff’s office says they expect additional charges to be filed against Cole. (Source: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

Police say when he spotted them, he took off, crossing the canal towards Conway Boulevard.

They say he then broke into a home on Conway and the person who lived there called 911.  After a short chase, deputies arrested him and brought him to a local hospital for his wounds.

According to the sheriff’s office, they then started canvassing the neighborhood.  They say that’s when they found Cole had broken into a home on Starlite Lane.

Inside of that home, they found 15-year-old Khyler Edman deceased.

Khyler Edman
Deputies did not release how Khyler Edman was killed, but the teen’s family says he was killed in the home while protecting his 5-year-old sister, who was found unharmed. (Source: The family of Khyler Edman)

They say Cole had broken into that home, leading to a violent encounter. While they didn’t release how Edman was killed, the teen’s family said he died protecting his 5-year-old sister, who was found unharmed.

A GoFundMe account has since raised more than $20,000 for the family.

Now Cole is being held on burglary of an occupied dwelling and petit theft for the break-in on Conway.

According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation is continuing and they expect to file further charges against cole.

He’s apparently known to police and is currently on probation.  They say he has a history of drug use,  and has had several arrests in Port Charlotte this year, including:

  • February 15 – Trespassing and Resisting an Officer Without Violence
  • March 13 – Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription and Possession or Use of Drug Paraphernalia
  • June 11 – Trespassing and Resisting an Officer Without Violence
  • June 30 – First Degree Petit Larceny
  • August 6 – Disorderly Conduct and Resisting an Officer Without Violence

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Family: 15-year-old Florida boy dies protecting 5-year-old sister from intruder


Back in July in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, we reported on how a man was shot and killed while attempting to defend his home and his children.

According to reports, two men allegedly attempted to break into the man’s home.. The man’s two young sons were home when two men tried breaking in to his home on Birchwood Road, said Wyomissing Police Chief Jeffery Biehl.

Family: 15-year-old Florida boy dies protecting 5-year-old sister from intruder
Police did not release the victim’s name. (Wyomissing Boro)

Police are withholding the victim’s name.

When the homeowner realized his children’s safety had been compromised, he confronted the intruders. 

The man was reportedly pepper sprayed by his assailants. He told police he then tried to push the invaders out of his home. That’s when one of the men shot him, hitting him in the left side of his upper body. 

The man’s children reported hearing a struggle from where they were in an adjacent room.

Police say that following the shot, the unidentified man was able to call 911 and report the crime and his injuries. When units arrived at the scene, Biehl said the man was able to meet officials at the door.

The homeowner was rushed to the hospital after the shooting around 10 p.m. in a residential neighborhood near the Berkshire Mall, officials said.


He eventually succumbed to his injuries, passing away the next morning.

When asked if the neighborhood should be concerned about their safety, Biehl noted that authorities believed it had been an isolated incident and that the man’s house was the intended target.

Investigators spent the remainder of the evening searching through the victim’s home. No arrests have been made in the deadly event.

“As far as the neighbors are concerned, you have to be concerned because this happened in your neighborhood,” Biehl said. “Neighbors need to be watching who comes and goes in this neighborhood. But this doesn’t seem to be random. The victim seems to have been targeted for whatever reason.”


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