Memphis, TN – Hip Hop suffered another tragic loss on Wednesday (November 17) following the news that Young Dolph was shot and killed in his hometown of Memphis.
The 36-year-old rapper was gunned down at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, a bakery located on Airways Boulevard, on Wednesday afternoon. Maurice Hill, the owner of the shop, said Dolph (real name Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr.) entered the store to buy cookies when someone drove up and fatally shot him.
While police have yet to release information about the shooter, details surrounding Young Dolph’s senseless murder continue to trickle in.
Making his death all the more tragic is the fact he was planning to attend a local Thanksgiving charity event to help families in need the very same day he was killed.
Dolph’s lawyer, Scott Hall, told TMZ the Paper Route Empire founder, who mostly resided in Atlanta, was back home for his annual Thanksgiving giveaway. He was on his way to pass out a truckload of turkeys in his old neighborhood when he stopped off at Makeda’s Cookies.
FOX13 Memphis’ Joey Sulipeck confirmed the report on Wednesday, tweeting, “Young Dolph’s annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway was scheduled for today at 2pm.”
Young Dolph's annual Thanksgivng Turkey Giveaway was scheduled for today at 2pm.
— Joey Sulipeck FOX13 (@joeysulipeck) November 18, 2021
Young Dolph’s Thanksgiving plans didn’t stop there. Dolph had another Thanksgiving charity event scheduled at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis on Friday afternoon (November 19), as Pastor Rodney Herron told FOX13 Memphis.
“He had a turkey giveaway, a basket giveaway,” Herron said on Wednesday. “He was giving out 200 turkeys from 3 to 5 p.m. He has a big heart. Even when he came right before Easter this year, he stayed with us the whole day. He took pictures with the kids and ate candy with the kids.
“This Friday was a big event for us, and a big event for the people in the community as well.”
Dolph with my cousin Rodney who’s the pastor at a small church. Dolph help out and had a giveaway scheduled for people in the area that needed help. Those aren’t the people that supposed to get killed. But that’s how it goes🤦🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/3r6SbVrAbm
— Melvin Johnson (@boddie2337) November 18, 2021
Young Dolph was well known for giving back to the community in his hometown. The King of Memphis rapper founded the IdaMae Family Foundation, a non-profit named after his late grandmother that offers social and educational programs and charitable contributions throughout the city.
While speaking to FOX13 Memphis, Pastor Herron revealed Young Dolph even had plans to buy an elementary school and a community center in Memphis while he was alive.
“He had a lot of projects going on in the community,” he explained. “He looked into buying the Magnolia school that was closing down. He looked into buying a community center … because over the summer it closed and it had a big impact … [His death is] going to leave a big whole and a gap in the community.”
Young Dolph’s tragic death has been mourned by many of his rap peers, with Gucci Mane, Drake, Megan Thee Stallion, Quavo, 2 Chainz, T.I., Juicy J, Metro Boomin and many more paying tribute to the late Memphis rap legend.
R. I.P. to my friend Dolph this broke my heart
— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) November 17, 2021
I am sooo sick rn I am in disbelief! Praying for his family and friends ! Rest In Peace to my friend a true legend dolph 🙏🏾
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) November 17, 2021
Been crying all day rest in paradise 🙏🏿 we gone miss you mane pic.twitter.com/JFmmFWTo5V
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) November 18, 2021