Rapper, Young Dolph Killed in Memphis

November 17, 2021 at 3:24 pm CSTBy FOX13Memphis.com News Staff

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three independent law enforcement sources confirmed to FOX13 that rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed in Memphis Wednesday afternoon.

Maurice Hill, the owner of the shop where the shooting happened, Makeda’s Butter Cookies, told FOX13 his employees said Young Dolph, 36, walked into the store to buy cookies. Someone then drove up and then shot and killed him around 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the bakery in South Memphis.

Young Dolph was there just a week ago, spreading love and promoting the businesses. Seen can here. Young Dolph’s Lamborghini sat in the parking lot of the bakery when FOX13 crews arrived.

Courtesy of FOX13 Memphis
Courtesy of FOX13 Memphis

The rapper, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr. is well known in the Memphis community. In 2016, he released his debut studio album, King of Memphis.

As FOX13 crews reported from the scene, a massive crowd gathered around, some people laying on the ground in tears. Young Dolph is well known for handing out turkeys around Thanksgiving in Memphis through the Memphis Athletic Ministries charity, speaking to school children and donating money to his former high school Hamilton High School.

Young Dolph was supposed to pass out turkeys at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis this Friday between 2-5 p.m. The Memphis Police Department said another person was with Young Dolph at the time of the shooting. Traffic in the area is shut off. On I-40 in the area, traffic is also at a crawl.

Shortly after the news broke, people took to Twitter to share what Young Dolph meant to them.

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