Young Dolph was brutally shot and died in his hometown of Memphis one week ago today. Two males pulled up to Makeda’s Cookies, a bakery he frequented, and fired rounds into the bakery, according to the artist. Investigators are still looking for the two suspects in the case, and they recently released photographs from surveillance camera footage of the two people minutes before they started shooting. Young Dolph’s family made a statement on their loss as close friends, family, and fans continue to mourn his death.
“There are no words that exist, that sufficiently express the pain we are feeling as a family,” they wrote according to Complex. “Losing Adolph, Dolph, Man-Man, changes our lives forever. And while we will take each day as it comes, we are comforted in knowing that he leaves a legacy that reflects his heart. A heart that was for his family. A heart that was for the people.” They continued:
We appreciate the outpouring of support. We are grateful that his divine mandate to treat others with kindness is being recognized.
As a family, we were fortunate to have him as our son, nephew, brother, cousin, partner, and Father. We now have the privilege of referring to him as our angel. He’s always been in this capacity.
Dolph’s family added a phrase from author Rudyard Kipling to the message. “If you can converse to the multitude while maintaining your virtue, or walk with Kings while maintaining your common touch,” it read. “If neither foes nor loving friends can harm you; if all men count on you, but not too much; if you can fill the harsh minute with 60 seconds of distance run-yours is the earth and all in it, and-more-you’ll what’s be a man my son.”