The three employees working at Makeda’s Butter Cookies, where local rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed Wednesday, November 17 are expressing how traumatized, distraught and in disbelief they are, TMZ is reporting.
Born Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., the successful Memphis rapper reportedly walked into the south Memphis establishment to buy two treats when a car pulled up and shot and killed him around 1 p.m.
While no one was harmed during the shooting, the murder was at close range and has impacted them significantly.
Speaking with TMZ, store owners Maurice and Pamela Hill say employees will be allowed to take time off until they feel good enough to return, promising they will remain on the payroll in the meantime. And as far as reopening, they're taking time to let the community grieve.
Dolph’s presence was big in the local community of Memphis, especially for Makeda’s which he was a regular. A now-viral video shows him showing the Black and woman-owned business some love just a week ago. “This all I came for, to get some Makeda’s,” he’s heard saying in the footage.
Maurice tells TMZ Dolph was on his phone when the two gunmen pulled up and started shooting.
The store, which is now boarded up, has a memorial outside, where fans have been gathering with balloons, teddy bears, flowers, and other memorabilia, including yard signs reading “stop the killings.” Even still, there was another shooting Thursday — not far from the store — which sent mourners scattering.
One positive has been the community outreach. With the store closed indefinitely, the Hills are crowdfunding to help stay afloat and pay their employees, raising more than $14,000. There are also fundraising efforts on Twitter, with requests to support the family through donations via CashApp to the matriarch Ms. Pamela Hill at $cookiequeen99.