Memphis Police Release Photos of Suspects in Murder of Rapper Young Dolph

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Memphis rapper Young Dolph, who is signed to Paper Route Empire, has reportedly been shot and killed in his hometown.

WARNING: This story contains discussions of gun violence.

UPDATE: Nov. 19, 2021, 9:30 a.m. EST

Memphis police released photos Thursday of two suspects they believe are responsible for the murder of rapper Young Dolph.

Video surveillance showed the suspects’ faces were partially covered as they exited a white two-door Mercedes-Benz armed with handguns and approached the rapper as he was inside a bakery.

Police say the suspects shot the rapper several times before leaving the area. He was pronounced dead on the scene.


No arrests have been made at this time.


Rapper Young Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Thornton, Jr., has been shot and killed in his hometown of Memphis, law enforcement sources tell Fox 13 Memphis

The Memphis Police Department said confirmation of the victim’s identity is being withheld until their official process is complete, but preliminary reports indicate the rapper was killed at 12:24 p.m. outside of Makeda’s Butter Cookies.

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“This shooting is another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationwide,” Chief CJ Davis said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who are affected by this horrific act of violence.”

Business owner Maurice Hill said Dolph walked in to buy cookies, during which time someone drove up and shot him. 

Dolph was a huge fan of Makeda’s Cookies, a fact proven by his visit just one week ago.

“Young Dolph says every time he comes home he has to stop by Makedas Cookies,” the business captioned a video posted to Instagram of the rapper promoting his favorite chocolate chip cookies.

As word began to spread, celebrities began sending their condolences to the 36-year-old rapper and his family. 

“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,” Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion tweeted. She collaborated with the fellow rapper on his 2020 track “RNB (Visualizer).”

Rapper Gucci Mane, who was one of the first artists to collaborate with Dolph as he began making a name for himself in the industry, said the news broke his heart.

Music artist Chance The Rapper remembered Dolph as someone who “always showed love everytime I seen him.”

Migos rapper Offset paid tribute to the fallen rapper as well.

Deion Sanders, the head football coach at Jackson State University, was also saddened by the news and addressed the rise in crime in a tweet, calling Dolph “my friend, my brother and a man dear to my Sons.”

“Lord help us as a people stop the hate, the violence and the hopelessness,” he said in a tweet. “When we realize we matter others will as well. Lord help us right now. #CoachPrime.”

In a second tweet, Sanders sent his condolences to Dolph’s family, friends and loved ones.

Writer Jeff Weiss praised Dolph as the “Memphis people’s champ” and a legend.

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This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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