‘We have to do better’: Rapper Young Dolph gunned down outside bakery

Hip-hop fans received some sad news this week out of Memphis, Tennessee.

According to Fox News, 36-year-old Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., known professionally as Young Dolph, was gunned down on Thursday.

He was reportedly just outside of a bakery in his hometown when the deadly shots rang out. Witnesses stated that they saw Thornton ambushed shortly after he arrived at the business.

“He pulled his Lamborghini up to the shop and they got him, man,” recalled one unidentified individual on the scene. “They got him.”

“Another example”

It was not Thronton’s first brush with gun violence. He reportedly survived previous shootings in California and North Carolina, both in 2017.

Memphis police provided a statement via Twitter condemning the act as “another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationwide.”

The statement went on to encourage anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers, asserting: “Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who are affected by this horrific act of violence.”

“It doesn’t sit well with me”

Thornton was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. As of this writing, no suspects had been publicly identified.

A representative for the recording artist told Variety that his company is “shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of our dear friend and client.”

The spokesperson further described Thornton as “an icon, a great man, and beloved artist who has been taken too soon,” depicting his “dedication, drive, hard work, and loyalty” as attributes that “will be deeply missed” by those who knew him best.’

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland addressed the incident in a statement to the Associated Press, lamenting that it “serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it.”

Former NBA player Penny Hardaway shared a harsh rebuke of his own city in a statement addressing his friend’s death, declaring: “I’m really hurt behind the situation. [Memphis] born, in the city all the time, giving back to his community … giving back to Hamilton High School, giving back to the city, to get murdered like that, it just, it doesn’t sit well with me, man. We have to do better. This is a guy that was coming back to his community, to give back to our community, from our soil.”

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