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Khyler Edman, 15, died last week protecting his five-year-old sister from an intruder at their home in Port Charlotte, Florida. Edman's sister was unharmed in the incident.
The suspected intruder, Ryan Cole, 27, was later found roaming the streets with several stab wounds.
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A 15-year-old Florida boy is being heralded as a hero after he died protecting his five-year-old sister from an intruder last week.
Charlotte County Sheriff's OfficeNeighbors in a Port Charlotte, Florida, neighborhood called 911 around 4 p.m. on September 26, when they noticed 27-year-old Ryan Cole wandering the streets with several stab wounds, WWSB reported.
When police arrived on the scene, Cole ran and broke into a home where a homeowner called cops. Cole was taken into custody after a short chase.
After Cole was arrested, police started canvassing the neighborhood and noticed the door to another nearby residence open, WFTS reported.
When they went inside, they found 15-year-old Khyler Edman dead and his five-year-old sister alive.
It's believed that Cole broke into that home before he was captured, and that a fight ensued between himself and the teen. Details haven't been released on how exactly the teen was killed.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Family spokeswoman Crystal Stone told Wink News that she always knew there was something special about Khyler.
"There is no hero that can amount to Khyler," she said. "He loved his family. He was his sister's keeper."
Cole was initially arrested on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling and petty theft. But officials told WWSB that they expect further charges in the days to come.
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Cole was well-known to police and has been arrested several times in the past year, on charges including trespassing and possession of a controlled substance.
A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Khyler's funeral had raised more than $46,000 by Tuesday afternoon.
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