Young Dolph: Public Memorial, Memphis Street Naming Planned To Tribute The Late Rapper
Young Dolph fans will reportedly get the opportunity to pay tribute to the late rapper during a public memorial scheduled for later this month.
WATN reports that the ceremony will take place on December 16 at the FedExForum in Memphis. Pastor Earle Fisher, who spoke at Dolph’s private service on Tuesday (November 30) told HipHopDX that people often don’t get their flowers even after they die.
“With all of the pomp and circumstance that elected officials and civic leaders have put around this heinous murder, we could do something to bring the people who have been involved in this to accountability and justice a whole lot sooner,” he said. “The reality is there is a body being buried just about every day in Shelby County, and often we have people who are in powerful positions that have created policies that make these bodies pile up.”
In addition to the public ceremony, it’s been announced that Memphis will also honor the late rapper by renaming a street for him. WHBQ-TV reports that a public unveiling revealing the street name is scheduled for December 15 at 1 p.m. at Dunn Avenue and Airways Boulevard near the Memphis Depot Industrial Park.
A vote will subsequently be held by the city after the name of the street is revealed, reports WREG. The resolution is being sponsored by Councilman J.B. Smiley Jr.
On Friday, Young Dolph’s family shared a statement, reading, “Castalia Heights community, in particular, bestowing this honor is not only a way to celebrate his contributions, but it also continues to serve as a remembrance for the people of this community, of someone who made themselves a relatable example of hard work and perseverance.”
The statement continues: “Countries and communities all over the world have been honoring his life with murals and dedications, and these public acts of love are received warmly by our family. But how much more meaningful would it be to have his very own hometown do the same.”
Young Dolph was shot and killed in Memphis on November 17. He was 36. WREG reports that Memphis Police said one male victim was located and pronounced dead at the scene and confirmed Dolph was the victim.
Officers and witnesses gathered in front of a broken window at Makeda’s Butter Cookies, a bakery in a local Memphis strip mall. A man who identified himself as the business’ owner said a young man had been shot while buying cookies. TMZ reports that the rapper’s vehicle was found outside Makeda’s.
Memphis police released photos of the two suspects wanted in Dolph’s shooting death.
The pair of suspects are seen getting out of a white, two-door Mercedes Benz armed with guns and wearing sweatshirts, as they approach the Memphis rapper. Investigators say the two suspects shot him several times before fleeing.
Dolph was pronounced dead at the scene. So far, no arrests have been made in his death, however police say the investigation is ongoing.