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 - Nashville, TN: Musician Killed by Teenager ! -

- Guilty of First-Degree Murder ! -


Jury Returns Guilty Verdict For Teen Accused Of Killing Aspiring Country Music Artist


Twain Demario Vaughn - Age 16


- The Murder Took Place on July 6, 2005 -

- The Guilty Verdict Came on December 14, 2005 -


The Teenaged Killer - Twain Demario Vaughn

On July 6, 2005, Kristopher Carlyle, 28, was killed by a 15-year-old Black male in Nashville, Tennessee. Kris had moved to Nashville two months earlier in order to pursue a career as a country music singer. Kris's mother, sister and her boyfriend were visiting from Kingston, North Carolina, and this Wednesday was to be their last day together before his family drove back to North Carolina. They had gone out to dinner and then intended to drive to downtown Nashville to see the sights, but they took a wrong turn and got lost.


At about 10:30 p.m., four young Black boys appeared in front of them on the street and blocked the path of their car. Kris asked the youths for directions and one of them suggested that they pull into a nearby parking lot so that they could give them directions. One of the youths then pulled a pistol and demanded money, according to the police account. Kris gave him $10, but the boy with the gun said that it wasn't enough. When Kris said that he didn't have any more money, the boy menaced the occupants in the car with his handgun and then, as Kris's mother accelerated in an attempt to escape, the boy with the gun fired and hit Kris in the neck. Carlyle was taken to Centennial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.


The 15-year-old Black boy turned out to be Twain Demario Vaughn, who lived on Carroll Street. The trial for Twain Vaughn, who was tried as an adult because of the severity of the crime, just ended. Twain Vaughn was found guilty of the two charges of first-degree felony murder, and aggravated robbery. The jury, which consisted of nine males and three females, reached a verdict after deliberating on Tuesday and then for seven hours on Wednesday. The jury delivered the guilty verdict at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2005. No bond has been set. Sentencing for the homicide and the aggravated robbery will take place in 30 days. The (now) 16-year-old will face life in prison with the possibility of parole for the first-degree felony-murder conviction. Twain Vaughn's mother was shocked at the verdict and claimed that her son was innocent. The defense has stated that it will appeal the conviction.




Country and Western Singer - Kris Carlyle


Kristopher Carlyle


Kristopher Carlyle

Man Robbed of $10, Then Killed in Front of Family


Country & Western Singer


Kris Carlyle



The Victim - Kristopher Carlyle


Kris Carlyle, 28, was an aspiring country and western singer who moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a singing career. His hometown was Kingston, North Carolina. He had moved to Nashville just two months before he was shot and killed by a Black teenager. Kris moved to a section of Nashville called Old Hickory. His family had come to Nashville to visit him in early July. They had been out for dinner and were on their way downtown to take in some sights and perhaps stop off at a lounge to listen to some country and western music.


On the way downtown they got lost, and at about 10:30 p.m. they saw four young Black teenagers partially blocking the road in front of them, but they didn't perceive this as a threat. When Kris asked them for directions, they instructed the driver, Kris's mother, Kathy Smith, to drive into a parking lot so they could talk. This was a fatal mistake; it is something that you should never do. When they did, the teens demanded money. Kris gave them $10, but the teens said it wasn't enough and they menaced the occupants of the car, Kris's sister and her boyfriend and Kris's mother, with the handgun. When Kris's mother started to drive off, in order to get away from them, the one with the handgun fired a shot which hit Kris in the neck. He died before they could get him to the hospital. Another talented White person has lost his life in a senseless killing.





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Again, a very serious crime was totally blacked out by the national media. And, again, I was made aware of this killing by the White rights' website, newnation.org. Although a recent report stated that this story got national coverage back in July of 2005, the only articles that I have seen are from websites of publications in Nashville, Tennessee, where the killing took place, and Greenville, North Carolina, which is about 25 miles from Kingston, NC, which was Kris Carlyle's hometown. It seems then, that the only national news source to carry this story was newnation.org.


Had the killer been any other race but Black, this case would have been broadly covered by the national media. There are two unique aspects to this case that should have qualified it for broad national media coverage: the perpetrator was 15 years old when he committed the crime, and he killed a young, aspiring musician, right in front of the victim's mother and sister. This case was previewed by a grand jury, which decided that Twain Vaughn should be tried as an adult in criminal court, despite the fact that he was only 15 years old when he committed the murder. Now that the trial is over, once more, the only news outlets to carry the results of the trial are in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenville, North Carolina. Who's kidding who? Where is all of the national media coverage?


A pattern has been established as far as how Blacks commit crimes: when they are still in their teens, and not so sure of themselves, they run in packs and will often commit crimes in small groups of from four to six Black males. As they get older, they have more confidence and they usually run in a smaller group of two or sometimes three. Examples of two Black males committing a serious crime are the Wichita Massacre, committed by two brothers, the Kilgore, Texas Massacre, committed by two cousins, the shotgun ambush of Robert Osborn, committed by two friends, and the carjacking of Eric Mansfield, committed by two friends.


After Black males reach the age of about 25, they are more likely to commit serious crimes on their own, examples of this are the two Connecticut stabbings, and the most recent killing of restaurant manager, Stephen Holmes in St. Petersburg, Florida, where the 51-year-old Black janitor and maintenance man, Wilson Saintil, has been arrested and charged with his stabbing and beating death. Saintil came to the US from Haiti in 1975 at the age of 21. Florida Department of Corrections records show Saintil served at least four years starting in 1982 for a Miami-Dade County arrest on armed robbery, aggravated assault and concealed-weapon charges. He was placed on probation for those crimes in 1986.


Another pattern which is emerging concerning Black youth and crime, is that when young Blacks commit a crime, it is likely that, if they don't get caught immediately, they will commit another crime right afterwards. This was true in the Eric Mansfield case and also true in the Kris Carlyle case. This was also true in the Wichita massacre case, but the Carr brothers, who were 20 and 23 years old at the time of their crimes, waited a few days between crimes. They kidnapped and robbed Andrew Schneider on the 8th of December and they killed Ann Walenta on the 11th of December, before the home invasion and murder of the four young people on December 14, 2000. This indicates that the younger the Blacks are, the more impulsive they are.


What this means for the general public is to have the presence of mind to "immediately" report all crimes committed by Blacks, such as a rape, assault, robbery or attempted robbery, or even a situation whereby some young Blacks get aggressive or feisty with you. Even if you are only robbed of $10 or $20, or if you tell the robber that you don't have any money and the robber flees. This could be the beginning of a crime spree, or it could be the middle or the end of a crime spree; this is something that the individual wouldn’t know. The police will be able to determine this and it will help them in their search for the perpetrators.


It is possible, such as in the Eric Mansfield case, that the perpetrators have killed someone that same day. Your description of them would be invaluable in tracking them down and making an arrest. The description provided by Cesar Nevarro and his friend, who were sitting in Cesar's car listening to the radio, when Deonvelt Miller and Anthony Robinson carjacked their car at gunpoint, was key information which led to the arrest of the perpetrators. This carjacking took place only a few minutes after Eric Mansfield was killed, and since Mansfield died immediately, and there were no other witnesses, the police did not have a description of the perpetrators. It is also possible that the crime that you report to the police might be the first crime that the perpetrators have committed on that day, and you might provide the police with enough information about them so that the police could arrest them and charge them with robbery, which is a felony, and they could be tried, convicted and sent to prison. This would mean that they cannot commit another crime for many years to come. Because of your efforts, you could prevent someone else from being robbed at gunpoint and, possibly, from being killed.


It is in this area of coordination and communication that we citizens must work together with the various police departments in order that we can alert the whole community, or even a whole city, when a violent crime such as a robbery, assault, rape or murder takes place. If this had been done in Wichita, Kansas in December of 2000, four lives could have been saved. Thusly, we must take the hard-learned lessons of such cases to heart, so that we will be able to prevent similar crimes from happening in the future. The Wichita police department and media could have cooperated and informed the public about the details of Andrew Schneider’s kidnapping and robbery and about Ann Walenta’s murder. In the Schneider case the police had descriptions of the Black males who committed the crime, but failed to pass this information on to the media so that the media could inform the public.


This is why we have to develop our own sources and outlets of news coverage. The technology is now available, it is just a matter of organization and coordination. One day, we will be able to put out such alerts over cell phones and the Internet ourselves. But, for now, we must pressure the police and the media to work together to inform the public. After all, the police are public servants who are being paid with tax dollars, and the media are supposed to be informing the public about what is happening in their community.


Take a case like the Kris Carlyle murder: About half an hour before Kris was killed, a man by the name of Reggie Owens was robbed just a few blocks away by the same teens who killed Kris. If Mr. Owens had immediately informed police of the robbery, and then had the police issued an alert, possibly over a certain radio station, or as an sms to all cell-phone users who subscribed to the police news alerts, and, had Kris Carlyle, who was already a resident of Nashville, been tuned in to the radio station that broadcasts the police alerts, or had he been a subscriber to the cell-phone sms police-alert service, he and his family would have been informed, and they would have known, not only not to stop for the four teens who blocked the road, but to immediately call the police and to notify them of the location of the teens. Such a scenario is technologically possible and it is greatly needed. But, in the meantime, until we have such coordinated communication's systems in operation, we at this website shall continue to inform the public of serious crime that is not being reported by the establishment media.


A lesson to be learned from the Kris Carlyle murder, which can be put into practice right away, is that one should never stop to ask directions from Black males, especially small groups of teenagers. If you are in a Black neighborhood and you need help with directions, it is best to look for Black females to help you. It is, of course, best to completely avoid going into Black neighborhoods, but, as in the case of the Carlyle family, sometimes you take a wrong turn and before you know it, you are in the middle of a Black neighborhood. If this ever happens to you, do not stop on the street to ask for directions. Continue driving until you come to a restaurant or a convenience store and then be very aware of your surroundings before stopping and getting out of your car. It is most unfortunate that we have to live this way, but we must do our best to insure our survival. If you become aware that the news media in your area are withholding information concerning the race, age and description of crime perpetrators, let them know that they are doing a disservice to their community. Remember to report all crime to the police as soon as possible, and to avoid groups of Black males. Our society is becoming more and more unsafe and we all have to stay alert to stay alive.


Yours Faithfully, Liberty

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