Young Dolph officially has a Memphis city street named in his honor. Tragically, the 36-year-old rapper was fatally shot last month on the eve of Thanksgiving.
On Wednesday (Dec. 15), a ceremony unveiled the renamed street sign in the Catalia Heights neighborhood near the intersection of Dunn Avenue and Airways Boulevard. The new sign reads Adolph “Young Dolph” Thornton, Jr. Avenue, Memphis station WHBQ-TV reports.
Dolph’s longtime partner Mia Jaye gave a heartfelt speech at the ceremony.
“Adolph was just an amazing man, he was an amazing father, he was an amazing example of what a man should be to my son,” Jaye shared. She is also the mother of Dolph’s two children.
Adding, “I’m grateful to have experienced him. And I’m grateful that the world can see him for who he truly is, not the persona that most people saw him for being, but for who he truly is. I think he’s more than deserving to have a street named after him, in honor of him, to continue the legacy … I really hope that this can just be a staple in the community and just remind people that violence isn’t the way, that Black men do deserve to grow old, just as Adolph deserved to grow old.”
Young Dolph was shot and killed in his hometown. 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.
Terrance Jones, 23; Jailon Nelvis, 19, and Tavis McQueen, 22, were all arrested and later charged in connection to that shooting, according to the Memphis Police Department.