It has been three months since the passing of Memphis rapper Young Dolph and his life partner and mother of his two children, Mia Jaye, is coping and committed to pushing back against the violence in their city.
In a conversation with the Memphis chapter of the NAACP, Jaye spoke about strategies to tackle crime in their hometown, which has the sad distinction of being the most dangerous city in the country where the chance of being a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 41 and property crime is 1 in 17.
Mia shared how she also lost her brother to murder, and how that loss led her to create an organization called Black Men Deserve to Grow Old. Now, with the death of Dolph, she’s even more determined to honor his name and see that change is done.
Mia also sent a message to those grieving Dolph’s death. “I feel like he would definitely want people to continue to go get the money, go provide for your family, still pick up the pieces, and push through the hurt,” she said.
Young Dolph was shot and killed at Makeda’s Butter Cookies Bakery in his hometown of Memphis on November 17, 2021.
The rapper, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr. was loved in the Memphis community. Young Dolph was well known for handing out turkeys around Thanksgiving in Memphis, speaking to school children, and donating money to his former high school, Hamilton High School.
The two men suspected of killing rapper Young Dolph were arraigned in January. The Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office said Johnson and Smith were each indicted on various counts in connection with the murder of the Memphis rapper. These include first-degree premeditated murder, attempted first-degree murder and convicted felon in possession of a firearm, employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, as well as property theft of over $10,000.