L.A, 2022-01-11 19:54:03. Young Dolph’s death: Indiana man arrested
INDIANAPOLIS – A Tennessee man wanted in the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph in his hometown of Memphis was arrested Tuesday in Indiana, authorities said, while another man was charged with murder.
The attorney general’s office said that a grand jury has charged Cornelius Smith, 32, with first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting that killed Young Dolph in Shelby County, Tennessee. Smith, who was arrested last month on an automated theft warrant relating to the vehicle used in the murder of Young Dolph, is being held without bond.
Separately, the US Marshals Service said Justin Johnson, 23, was arrested after a death warrant was issued for him earlier this month. The agency did not say where Johnson was found in Indiana.
Young Dolph, whose real name was Adolph Thornton Jr., was shot in a broad daylight ambush at a popular cake shop on November 17.
US Field Marshal Tyrese Miller, Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis and Shelby District Attorney Amy Weirish said they will hold a joint press conference Wednesday to provide more details.
The shooting stunned Memphis and shocked the entertainment world. City officials and community activists have cited the killing as emblematic of the dangers of gun violence in Memphis, where more than 300 murders were reported last year.
Known for his depiction of challenging street life and his independent approach to music, Young Dolph has been admired for philanthropy in Memphis. He organized Thanksgiving gifts, donated thousands of dollars to high schools, and paid rent and funeral costs for people in the Castalia Heights neighborhood where he grew up. When he was murdered, the 36-year-old rapper was in Memphis handing out Thanksgiving turkeys and visiting a cancer center.
A private funeral was held on November 30 and part of a street in the neighborhood where he grew up was renamed on December 15. He was also honored at a public ceremony at FedExForum, the home of the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. University of Memphis men’s basketball team.
Young Dolph was born in Chicago and moved to Memphis with his parents when he was two years old. He has released several mixtapes, starting with the 2008 “Paper Route Campaign” and multiple studio albums, including his 2016 debut “King of Memphis”. He has also collaborated on producing other songs and albums with other rappers Key Glock, Megan Thee Stallion, T.I., Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, and others.
He had three albums that reached the top ten on the Billboard 200, with his 2020 single “Rich Slave” peaking at number four.
Young Dolph has survived a previous shooting. He was shot multiple times in September 2017 after a fight outside a Los Angeles hotel. In February of that year, his SUV in Charlotte, North Carolina, was shot more than 100 times. This was the inspiration for the song “100 Shots”. He said he survived because his car had bullet-proof plates.
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