Rapper Young Dolph shot and killed in Memphis

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Three independent law enforcement sources confirmed 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, said 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.

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.

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.