Dolph Day: Fans mark first death anniversary of rapper Young Dolph who was killed in Memphis cookie store

Dolph Day: Fans mark first death anniversary of rapper Young Dolph who was killed in Memphis cookie store
Young Dolph died when he was 36 (Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: The legacy of rapper Young Dolph will be celebrated this week with a series of public service events on his first death anniversary. His home state of Tennessee and Georgia recognized Thursday, November 17, as Adolph 'Young Dolph' Thornton Jr. Day of Service. 

According to HipHop Dx, fans are requested to hold act of service on Thursday, November 17, in honor of his tragic death, using the hashtag #DolphDay. It is suggested that the day of service is held to uphold the message and generous life he had. Young Dolph was shot on November 17, 2021. The rapper was at a cookie store when the incident happened and died on the spot. 


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According to his sister, Carlisa Brown, “Dolph’s community efforts and traditions will continue and much more. His spirit of giving will continue to live in us as it did in him until his passing. We hope that those who truly supported him will take Young Dolph Service Day as a day to give back and help those that need the assistance as he did.” The late rapper also owns a foundation called IdaMae Foundation. The foundation aims to provide free haircuts, free lunches and winter clothing at the Hospitality Hub.

Young Dolph passed away in November 202 (Young Dolph/ Instagram)
Young Dolph passed away in November 202 (Young Dolph/ Instagram)

“Young Dolph’s Day of Service solidifies his legacy of philanthropy and compassion; Dolph did so much to transcend the persona of a Hip Hop artist. His day of service is not only a day to commemorate his work but also to inspire the next generation to be a light to their own just as he was," said former Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson. Meanwhile, he is also being honored by the cookie shop Makeda's Homemade Cookies, where he died on the 1st anniversary of his tragic murder. The owner of the shop, Pamela Hill said that they are paying homage to the late rapper by pumping out a bunch of dolphin-shaped cookies, reported TMZ. 

The late rapper died on November 17, 2021, after the killer shot him at a cookie shop. He was fatally murdered at Makeda's Homemade Butter Cookies on Airways Blvd near Ketchum Road. Justin Johnson, 23, and Cornelius Smith, 32, were accused of various charges, including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, being convicted felon in possession of a firearm, employment of a firearm during a dangerous felony, and theft of property over $10,000. Later, Johnson and Smith pled not guilty. He was 36 years old at the time of his murder. Meanwhile, recently Justin asked the court t transfer his case to a different facility.

'Still feels like yesterday'

The Internet remembered him on his death anniversary. A user said, "King of Memphis, Hero to his city, Father of 2, & the rapper who changed the rap flow A full year since your passin but the rap game will never be same, Dolph’s flow was so unique. Rest in beautiful Power Young Dolph LONG LIVE DOLPH FOREVER #dolphday". In another tweet, "It's Young Dolph Day! The IdaMae Family Foundation is continuing Dolph's legacy by giving out free meals, free haircuts, and winter kits to the community. This is all part of Dolph's Day of Service."

A user said, "Never forget when Young Dolph gave away his custom Lamborghini worth $500,000 to a fan 🐬 #DolphDay," "Happy #DolphDay, thank you for everything," said another. "He didn't pass away... his life was taken from him," tweeted a user. A tweet stated, "Still feels like yesterday." "still doesn’t feel real," wrote another user. "this one hit home," stated another.









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