Since Young Dolph’s killing Wednesday, social media has served as the main source of updates in the subsequent investigation, forcing local media and then police to react.
Now, news of the latest potential development — Memphis police confiscating a car that appears similar to the one seen in images from the slaying — is quickly gaining traction on Facebook and TikTok.
But Memphis police say no additional updates in the homicide of the 36-year-old, Memphis-raised rapper are available, in spite of the social media posts that seem to show a white Mercedes similar to the one seen in surveillance photos being towed Saturday afternoon.
“I understand social media is buzzing, however, nothing additional is available at this time. Once additional info is available to share, trust and believe that we will get that information to you,” said Sgt. Louis Brownlee, a Memphis police spokesperson.
Comments from various posts identified the area of Memphis seen in the photos as Orange Mound.
Adolph Thornton Jr., better known as Young Dolph, was shot and killed Wednesday as he was placing an order at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies on Airways Boulevard.
Police have not made any arrests as of Saturday evening, and the bakery remains boarded up.
Thornton’s death is likely the most high-profile killing Memphis has seen since the 2010 murder of NBA star Lorenzen Wright. The shooting has generated a level of online scrutiny and press attention not normally seen in the hundreds of other homicides that occur in Memphis annually.
On TikTok in particular, users have posted photos of an unidentified Black male who is wearing a hat similar to the one seen in surveillance photos released by Memphis police, without accompanying evidence or police confirmation of his involvement.
Meanwhile, community members have continued the mission that brought Thornton back to Memphis recently — handing out hundreds of turkeys to Memphis families in time for Thanksgiving.
Thorton’s record label, Paper Route Empire, handed out roughly 1,200 turkeys this week.
“We got to keep it going”: Young Dolph’s legacy lives on in community outreach and turkey giveaways
Thornton’s long-time girlfriend and mother of his two children, Mia Jaye, recently launched a campaign called “Black Men Deserve to Grow Old,” inspired in part by the killing of her brother, Jeremy Jerdine, according to the campaign video.
No memorial arrangements for Thornton have been announced.
Micaela Watts is a reporter for The Commercial Appeal and can be reached at email@example.com.