Second suspect in Rapper Dolph's Murder arrested in Indiana


Authorities say a Tennessee man wanted in the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph in his hometown of Memphis was detained in Indiana on Tuesday, while another man was charged with murder.

Cornelius Smith, 32, was charged with first-degree murder and additional offenses in the shooting that murdered Young Dolph, according to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office. Smith was being jailed without bond after being arrested last month on an auto-theft warrant involving the vehicle used in Young Dolph's murder.

Justin Johnson, 23, was detained after a murder warrant was issued for him earlier this month, according to the US Marshals Service. The FBI did not indicate where Johnson was found in Indiana.

On November 17, young Dolph, whose true name was Adolph Thornton Jr., was killed down in broad daylight outside a popular cookie business.

U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller, Memphis Police Chief C. J. Davis, and Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Wednesday that they would hold a joint press conference to provide more information.

Memphis and the entertainment industry were both stunned by the shooting. The slaying was cited by city officials and community organizers as a symbol of the perils of gun violence in Memphis, which saw more than 300 homicides last year.

Young Dolph was praised for his philanthropic endeavors in Memphis and was known for his representations of gritty street life and his autonomous approach to the music business. He coordinated Thanksgiving food distributions, donated thousands of dollars to high schools, and helped individuals in his Castalia Heights community pay rent and cover funeral costs. The 36-year-old rapper was in Memphis for Thanksgiving turkey distribution and a visit to a cancer hospital when he was assassinated.

On November 30, he was given a private funeral, and on December 15, a stretch of a roadway in his childhood neighborhood was renamed after him. He was also recognized at FedExForum, the home of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis men's basketball team, at a public ceremony.

He released several mixtapes, beginning with "Paper Route Campaign" in 2008, as well as various studio albums, the most recent of which was "King of Memphis" in 2016. Other rappers with whom he collaborated on mixtapes and albums include Key Glock, Megan Thee Stallion, T.I., Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, and others.

Three of his albums charted in the top ten on the Billboard 200, with "Rich Slave" reaching No. 4 in 2020.

Publish : 2022-01-12 09:34:00

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