Authorities confirmed the death of Rapper Young Dolph, who was known by many for his genuineness and independence, after a fatal shooting in a Memphis, Tennessee cookie shop on Wednesday.
No details yet are available for the police to announce regarding the suspect behind the shooting at Makeda’s Cookies located close to Memphis International Airport, as reported by AP News.
“The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it,” part of the statement of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said.
Mareno Myers, the rapper’s cousin, said that Rapper Young Dolph was in town since Monday to visit a sick family member and to also give turkeys for Thanksgiving, as reported by The Daily Memphian.
“He was inside (Makeda’s), and somebody just rolled up on him and took his life,” Myers said.
The 36-year-old rapper made a promotion of the shop’s cookies, which Makeda posted on Instagram last week. He said in the video that he comes back to the local cookie store whenever he’s in town.
Several people flocked near Makeda after the shooting. Memphis Police Director Cerelyn “CJ” Davis told the public through a news conference on Wednesday evening to keep their calm. Davis also asked them to remain inside their homes for the night, but did not give any information whether the separate shootings on the same night were linked to the death of the rapper.
After the incident, a city council member asked to impose a curfew, which is also considered by Davis.
Young Dolph shares some similarities with the slain rapper Nipsey Hussle from Los Angeles when it comes to their independent style to the music business.
“God bless Dolph,” Chance the Rapper said on Twitter. “Real independent Memphis rapper born in chicago. loved by millions of ppl.”