Young Dolph Gets His Own Day (Nov 17th) In Tennessee & Georgia
Tennessee & Georgia Declare November 17th Young Dolph’s Day
Young Dolph officially gets his own day in Tennessee & Georgia (November 17th).
Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. (July 27, 1985 – November 17, 2021), better known by his stage name Young Dolph, released his debut studio album, King of Memphis, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The rapper was featured on O.T. Genasis’s hit single “Cut It”, which peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Young Dolph’s seventh album, Rich Slave, was released in 2020 and became his highest-charting project, debuting at number four on the Billboard 200.
On November 17, 2021, Young Dolph was fatally shot in Memphis while picking up cookies for his mother at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, a bakery he frequently visited whenever he was back home. Two gunmen in a white two-door Mercedes-Benz gunned him down.
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An autopsy revealed that Thornton had 22 gunshot wounds from bullet entries and exits. Some wounds were sustained in the forehead and back. Crowds of hundreds of people swarmed the scene of Thornton’s death for hours; police had to prevent individuals from entering the area while they investigated. Tennessee House Representative London Lamar and Memphis councilman J. B. Smiley reacted by calling for a curfew in Memphis to prevent civil unrest and violence.
Young Dolph was laid to rest on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. A service was held at First Baptist Church Broad Street. The family’s caravan of black SUVs was escorted by security and Memphis Police to the cemetery across from Hamilton High School, Young Dolph’s alma mater.
On January 5, 2022, police identified one of the suspects responsible for the murder as 23-year-old Justin Johnson, and issued a first-degree murder warrant. A reward of up to $15,000 for information on the suspect was offered by the Tennessee authorities. Johnson had an established history of criminal charges and violence, as well as “ties to organized criminal gangs,” and was a rapper under the name Straight Drop.
Another suspect, 32-year-old Cornelius Smith (who was arrested for the theft of the car used in Dolph’s murder, was indicted on first-degree murder, weapons possession, and theft charges on January 11.
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