US Thanksgiving turkey giveaway honors slain rapper Young Dolph
Rapper Young Dolph gunned down in Memphis
Rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement sources confirmed to multiple media outlets. Makeda's Butter Cookies owner Maurice Hill told Fox affiliate WHBQ that Young Dolph, who was born Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., walked into his bakery around 1 p.m. local time, at which point someone drove up and gunned the rapper down.On the scene of a shooting on Airways. I'm hearing Memphis rapper Young Dolph may be a victim in the shooting. Shooting happened at Makeda's Cookies. pic.twitter.com/Dw1nTcKV3C- Jeremy Pierre FOX13 (@JeremypierreFOX) November 17, 2021"One male victim was located and was pronounced dead.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Friends and associates of slain rapper Young Dolph handed out Thanksgiving turkeys at a neighborhood church Friday in Memphis, Tennessee, two days after he wasinside his favorite bakery.
Known for acts of charity in his hometown, the hip-hop artist and label owner had helped organize the event at St. James Missionary Baptist Church and was going to participate before he was fatally shot Wednesday.
Rapper Young Dolph dies at 36 in Memphis shooting
Rapper Young Dolph was killed in a shooting near a well-known bakery in Memphis on Wednesday, his lawyer confirmed. He was 36. © Provided by NBC News Young Dolph, whose name is Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., was in Memphis for his annual Thanksgiving giveaway, attorney Scott Hall told NBC News. He was on his way to the event to hand out turkeys when he stopped at the bakery and was fatally shot, Hall said. Memphis Police Department Chief CJ Davis said in a statement Wednesday that officers responded to the shooting at 12:24 p.m. at an address on Airways Boulevard, southeast of downtown Memphis.
Undaunted, members of his music label, Paper Route Empire, along with church volunteers and community activists, distributed dozens of turkeys, stuffing mix and cranberry sauce — and said “happy Thanksgiving” — to people driving past the church.
It was the type of event Young Dolph, who grew up in the Castalia neighborhood where the church is located, has been organizing for years, often without the reporters and cameras present Friday. Before the event, volunteers spoke quietly among themselves or sat in solemn reflection as his music played outside the church on the sunny afternoon.
Label employee Bee Bee Jones, 38, helped hand out the food, honoring his friend of 30 years.
“When I hear his music, I just break down,” said Jones, who spoke with a reporter while sitting on the rear bumper of a U-Haul truck full of 300 turkeys. “The truth in all of it, and where he came from, that's what really gets to me sometimes. This is what he would want us to do right here, still keep on giving. He came from nothing, but he wanted to make sure everybody got some.”
Young Dolph Visited Cookie Store 'Every Time' He Came Home, Video Posted Days Before Death Reveals
Makeda's Cookies had shared a video of their famous customer stopping by less than a week before he was shot outside the storeYoung Dolph was a regular customer at the cookie shop where he was fatally shot in Memphis on Wednesday.
Police on Friday kept searching for suspects in the killing, which shook Memphis and shocked the entertainment world. Police have released photos taken from surveillance video that shows two men exiting a white Mercedes and shooting Young Dolph before fleeing.
The killing of Young Dolph, whose real name was Adolph Thornton Jr., intensified cries against violence in the Memphis area, which has seen high-profile shootings at a K-8 school, a post office and a grocery store in the past two months.
Man Shot Near Cookie Shop Where Young Dolph Was Killed Just over 24 Hours After His Death
Young Dolph was fatally shot at Makeda's Cookies in Memphis on WednesdayA little over 24 hours after Young Dolph was killed outside of a cookie shop in Memphis, another man was shot next door to the business.
This year, 255 killings have been committed in the city of Memphis, already surpassing the 244 slaying last year, the Memphis Police Department reported. That's in addition to thousands of gun-related incidents reported through this past September.
In a statement about Young Dolph's killing, Shelby County Health Department Director Dr. Michelle Taylor called gun violence in Memphis an epidemic.
“The key to addressing the endless cycle of shootings and retaliatory shootings in our community is to heal the generational trauma that makes violence appear to be the only solution to conflict,” Taylor said.
Some community leaders have expressed frustration that so many attempts to address gun-related crime — community meetings, efforts to add police officers, increased crime prevention funding, days of remembrance for murder victims, working with former gang members to intervene in disputes — have not worked.
Police Release Images of Suspects in Fatal Shooting of Young Dolph
The Memphis Police Department shared images obtained from surveillance footage showing two individuals they suspect killed rapper Young Dolph outside a cookie store On Thursday — just one day after the rapper, 36, was gunned down at a bakery on Airways Blvd. — police shared photos taken from security footage of two men they believe are responsible for the murder. In the images, the suspects are seen with their faces partially covered, exiting a white, two-door Mercedes-Benz in the parking lot of Makeda's Cookies. One image shows the suspects' car, while the other two show the individuals holding firearms.
Van Turner, president of the local NAACP branch and a father of two, said he talked with his boys about the shooting. Turner plans to host a forum next week to discuss strategies to curb gun violence.
“I'm sort of torn, because people say we always do these things and nothing happens,” Turner said. “But then, if we don't do anything, what happens? Nothing. But that doesn't mean we stop. If we don't do anything, we will have given up.”
Jason Lawrence Turner, senior pastor of the historic Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, has been working on addressing gun crime and mentoring young people in Memphis. He said it's time for a “course correction.”
“It's going to take a collaboration of government agencies, certainly churches, and the citizenry, to do our part to divert these instances of violence," the pastor said. “And, as well, to instill a greater responsibility in the community so that, when there are instances like this, it's not the responsibility for those in the community to take justice into their own hands.”
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His church, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has established mentoring programs for girls and boys in middle school and high school. The church also has adopted three schools to provide an avenue for children to talk about their problems and deal with bullying and other threats.
“It's not all on law enforcement,” Turner said. “Law enforcement shows up after a crime has been committed. We have a responsibility to keep these crimes from being committed.”
Like Jones — the record label associate — and other longtime friends, Sheena Crawford called Young Dolph by his childhood nickname, Mane Mane.
She fondly remembers playing with him and his sisters in the neighborhood where their grandparents lived, near St. James church. He liked to play basketball and he was a relatively quiet child, Crawford said.
As she grieves, Crawford also remains frustrated at the lack of progress in the fight against gun violence.
“My anxiety is just up through the roof,” she said. “When I leave out my door, I'm scared something is going to happen to me, or something is going to happen to my kids. It doesn't make any sense.”
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