Young Dolph’s family issued a statement one week after his death in a shooting at a Memphis cookie shop. You can read it here:
There are no words that exist, that sufficiently express the pain we are feeling as a family. 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.
We are grateful for the outpouring of love. We are grateful that his godly obligation to show kindness to the world is being acknowledged.
As a family, we were blessed to call him our son, our nephew, our brother, our cousin , our partner and our Father. And now, we have the honor of calling him our angel. A role he has always played.– Dolph’s Family
A quote from author Rudyard Kipling was also included in the family statement:
“If you can talk with the crowd and keep your virtue, or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run- Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it, And-which is more-you’ll be a man my son.”– Rudyard Kipling
Adolph Thornton Jr., also known as Young Dolph, grew up in South Memphis and visited frequently.
He was in town last week to assist in the distribution of Thanksgiving turkeys to the community as well as to meet with the staff of a cancer center where many of his relatives received treatment.