Young Dolph dead updates – Funeral to be announced after comedian Derrion ‘Dmuney’ Childs also dies after mocking rapper

RAPPER Young Dolph was shot dead on November 17 as gunfire erupted at a cookie store in Memphis and comedian Derrion 'Dmuney' Childs died nearly a week later after making jokes about Young Dolph's murder.

Young Dolph was shot down after a car pulled up and fired through the front window of the store.

Childs, 21, later dissed the late rapper in a Facebook post, writing, "MANE CUHH IF YEEN FROM MEMPHIS OR IF YEEN THE POLICE JUST QUIT TRYNA SOLVE YOUNG DOLPH MURDER THESE FOLKS DONE CAME & LOCKED MY GMA UP."

He also reacted to the news of Dolph's death, posting: "I love Memphis cuh we so gangsta."

Then, the Memphis Police Department announced on Twitter they responded to a shooting in November 2021. "Officers located three victims nearby on Vayu Dr. Male #1 was xported critical but did not survive his injury," the department said.

On Friday, November 26, police confirmed the deceased male was identified as Derrion Childs, 21. He reportedly died on November 23, just under a week after the shooting that killed Dolph.

Read our Young Dolph live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    PHOTOS OF GUNMEN RELEASED

    On Thursday Memphis police released photos of the alleged gunmen, showing two suspects wearing face masks and gray sweatpants, as well as dark hoodies.

    One of the men was wearing a hat, while the other had his hood up.

    The pair are also both holding weapons – one appearing to be a pistol and the other a Draco AK-47.

    Eagle-eyed fans on social media quickly spotted the front of Young Dolph's car behind the two men.

    According to Memphis police, a security camera captured footage of two armed individuals exiting a white, two-door Mercedes Benz.

    "The suspects approached the victim while he was inside the business and shot the victim several times. The suspects then fled the scene," police said.

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    YOUNG DOLPH’S BABY MAMA

    Young Dolph's baby mama Mia Jaye posts a heartbreaking video and asks, "how do I tell my babies daddy isn't coming home?"

    Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, was gunned down at Makeda's Cookies in Memphis on November 17.

    The rapper leaves behind his two children, Ari and Tre in his passing, who he shared with his baby mama Mia Jaye.

    Two days since Dolph's passing, Jaye has finally broken her silence and shared a heartbreaking video in the wake of the rapper's slaying.

    "Question is… How am I ever going to tell my babies that daddy is never coming home?" Jaye wrote on her Instagram Story over a video of Dolph playing with their daughter, Ari.

    "God give me strength… Adolph I love you with all my heart and soul," Jaye continued on the next Story slide.

    "Thank you to everyone for all of your prayers, love, support, messages… I may not see them all but when my eyes are not full of tears I catch a few… Nonetheless, all the genuine positive, vibes, energy, and prayers are welcome… Because Lord knows I need them."

    As of Friday morning, no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    PREVIOUS SHOOTINGS

    On the night of February 26, Dolph was in Charlotte for Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tournament weekend.

    Before the game, his SUV was reportedly shot at over 100 times at the intersection of 8th and North Caldwell Street near an apartment complex. 

    Although it was reported that dozens of the bullets released actually hit the SUV, the "Preach" rapper was able to walk away unscathed.

    After surviving the deadly encounter, Dolph became the victim of another shooting in the same year, but this time in Hollywood, California.

    The rapper was shot outside of a retail store.

    After being listed in critical condition, Dolph survived the attack and recovered from his injuries.

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    HAS YOUNG DOLPH BEEN SHOT BEFORE?

    Dolph has openly admitted that he has been a target of violence since his teenage years.

    “I’ve been targeted since I was 17, 18, 19,” he stated in an interview with The Guardian.

    The rapper admitted that he did not grow up in the best surroundings, which caused him to turn to certain methods to make money.

    When asked how, he responded: “Hustling – you’ve been seeing it for so long that you start to partake in it.”

    “I clocked in when I was 12 and never clocked out”. 

    He further explained how his surroundings had an influence on him around that time.

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    WHAT DID YOUNG DOLPH SAY ABOUT HIS BEEF WITH YO GOTTI?

    In 2017, Dolph sat down with the Breakfast Club to address his alleged ill-will towards Gotti.

    "It ain't no issue," said Dolph when discussing the rumored rift. "It ain't no beef. It ain't no nothing. It's just a whole lot of misunderstandings and some stuff I don't respect."

    However, Dolph continued to refer to Gotti as "lame" throughout the interview.

    He went on to recall his first time meeting Gotti, where Gotti used Collective Music Group's Zed Zilla and Starlito to convince him to join CMG records.

    "This my first time meeting you," said Dolph. "And you going to really sit and downplay your artists and throw your artists under the bus to try to persuade me in to come over there?"

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    WHAT IS YOUNG DOLPH’S ‘BEEF’ WITH YO GOTTI? (CONTINUED)

    Gotti commented on Youngsta's antics in an interview with Tim Westwood.

    “Lil’ homie on the team so I’m going to always give him the proper advice that I believe I should give him from like a big brother standpoint or just being the homie standpoint," Gotti states in the clip.

    "My advice you know I don’t move like that. I’m going to always tell, not only him but, any youngin’ don’t handle your business like this.”

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    WHAT IS YOUNG DOLPH’S ‘BEEF’ WITH YO GOTTI? (CONTINUED)

    For example, Dolph named his debut album King of Memphis, a title that fellow Memphis rapper Yo Gotti had repeatedly referred to himself as.

    On Feb. 11, 2016, Dolph alleged that Gotti wasn't a fan of his growing success, taking to Twitter to post: "Bra went from bein my #1 fan and wanting to sign me to bein my BIGGEST HATER."

    In 2017, Gotti's CMG artist Black Youngsta took to Instagram to record an expletive-filled video claiming that he was going to "smack the s***" out of Dolph.

    Black Youngsta upped the ante by allegedly showing up in Young Dolph's neighborhood in Memphis with several of his posse, who were heavily armed, reported XXL.

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    WHAT IS YOUNG DOLPH’S ‘BEEF’ WITH YO GOTTI?

    Young Dolph and Yo Gotti were said to have had beef with each other for a long while before the tension came to an end.

    The pair allegedly exchanged subtle disses on tracks towards each other, as well as spoke about one another in interviews.

    XXL Magazine announced Gotti will be releasing a new album following Dolph's death.

    The magazine tweeted the album cover for CM10 on November 24, 2021 with a screenshot of Gotti's Instagram post.

    The date for the album's release has yet to be announced.

    Gotti and Dolph were both raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and became competitors once Dolph rose up on the Southern hip hop scene.

    It's unclear why the two began feuding, but tensions continued to mount in subtle ways.

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    LOST HERO

    Young Dolph was a beacon of hope for kids living in one of the toughest, most under-resourced sections of Memphis.

    Kids who looked to him have been crying, the community is still in shock and his loss is similar to losing Muhammad Ali, residents and community leaders told The Sun in exclusive interviews.

    "Ours kids are literally in tears. Their hero is gone," Jonathan Torres, the CEO of a nonprofit Memphis Athletic Ministries, said.

    Memphis Athletic Ministries worked with Young Dolph to hand out turkeys to families "who otherwise wouldn't have a holiday," Torres said.

    Before the Young Dolph was a household name in the Hip Hop world, he sold mixtapes out of the trunk of his car and in corner stores in the Castalia section of Memphis, his 7th grade geography teacher Michael Bates told The Sun.

    "This a tough neighborhood, and for the kids, he was their Muhammad Ali. That’s the impact he had," Bates said.

    "It’s difficult to lose an icon. Our city is still in shock," he said two days after Young Dolph, whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, was shot dead at Makeda's Cookies on Wednesday.

    "I just want everyone to understand that someone took away an image for people who want to do better," Bates told The Sun.

    "As a society, if you take away those images, what doe we have a left? The world lost a national icon but, for the teachers we lost a beloved student."

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    HOW HAS SOULJA BOY RESPONDED TO YOUNG DOLPH'S DEATH?

    On November 19, 2021 – just two days after Dolph was shot and killed – Soulja took to Instagram Live where he spoke for 30 minutes.

    According to XXL, the rapper suggested that if the shoe was on the other foot, and he had been killed, then people would have "laughed."

    "It would have been a whole bunch of, 'Ha ha ha, Soulja Boy should have kept his mouth shut," the rapper protested.

    Soulja also reportedly refused to share any condolences for Dolph as he claimed that he had been previously threatened by the late rapper's management team.

    It came as Soulja was also pulled from two shows on the 2021 Millennium Tour, one of which was in Memphis, for precautionary reasons.

    Organiser G-Squared Events said in a statement “The safety and welfare of our patrons are the first and foremost priority.”

    "In times like this, we will stop at nothing to ensure that everyone that participates in these experiences is healthy, safe, and quite frankly having a good time.”

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    RIVALRY WITH SOULJA BOY

    Prior to his death, Young Dolph and Soulja Boy were reportedly at odds on social media over money and their careers.

    Dolph took to Instagram on November 10, 2021, to slam Soulja Boy, saying: “How da f*** I’m a independent artist and gettin 100rax plus for a show?”

    “How da f*** @keyglock got more cars & ice than you & your ceo?”

    Soulja Boy caught wind of Dolph’s comments online and snapped back, writing: “That’s big cap."

    “They signed to @empire I’m really 100% Independent no cap.”

    He then went on to address Dolph and his team directly via Instagram videos, writing: “Man, Young Dolph, if you don’t get your b*** ass artist out my m***f**** DM, n***.” 

    “F**** you talkin’ bout, n***? N*** thought he was bulletproof ‘til he got shot like Dolph, n*** F*** you talkin’ ‘bout, n***? Ain’t you the n**** getting shot at 100 times? 

    “Ain’t you the n**** getting popped and shot at all the time? 

  • Jocelyn Cook

    COPS LOCATE CAR USED BY GUNMEN

    Cops have reportedly located a white Mercedes-Benz allegedly used by the two men who gunned down Young Dolph outside a Memphis cookie shop.

    Photos of the car were released by police who believe the gunmen sped away from Makeda’s Cookies after shooting the rapper dead this week.

    The shooters appear in the images, one holding a rifle while another wields a handgun.

    So far, no suspects have been named in the shooting that killed the 36-year-old star and people are urged to call the police with any information.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    REACTIONS TO DERRION 'DMUNEY' CHILDS' DEATH

    People on social media reacted to news of the death of Derrion "Dmuney" Childs.

    "derrion dmuney childs had all these jokes after Young Dolph's death now he's a victim of Memphis gun violence…death is not a joke if ain't nobody crying when you gone then what impact did you really have on this world," one person wrote.

    "So basically a comedian from Memphis, TN named Derrion Dmuney Childs was KILLED yesterday after making jokes about @YoungDolph’s death on social media," another person said.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHO WAS DERRION 'DMUNEY' CHILDS?

    Derrion "Dmuney" Childs was a Memphis-based comedian.

    Childs made headlines after making jokes about Young Dolph's murder.

    Childs, 21, dissed the late rapper in a Facebook post, writing:

    "MANE CUHH IF YEEN FROM MEMPHIS OR IF YEEN THE POLICE JUST QUIT TRYNA SOLVE YOUNG DOLPH MURDER THESE FOLKS DONE CAME & LOCKED MY GMA UP."

    He also reacted to the news of Dolph's death, posting: "I love Memphis cuh we so gangsta."

    He reportedly died on November 23.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    MIA JAYE BREAKS SILENCE: ‘PRAYERS ARE WELCOME’

    Mia Jaye added, “Thank you to everyone for all of your prayers, love, support, messages… I may not see them all but when my eyes are not full of tears I catch a few…”

    “Nonetheless, all the genuine positive, vibes, energy, and prayers are welcome… Because Lord knows I need them.”

    No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    MIA JAYE BREAKS SILENCE

    Two days after Dolph‘s passing, his baby mama Mia Jaye has broken her silence and shared a heartbreaking video in the wake of the rapper’s slaying.

    “Question is… How am I ever going to tell my babies that daddy is never coming home?” Jaye wrote on her Instagram Story over a video of Dolph playing with their daughter, Ari.

    “God give me strength… Adolph I love you with all my heart and soul,” Jaye continued on the next Story slide.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HOW OLD WAS YOUNG DOLPH?

    The rapper lived to be 36 years old.

    He was gunned down last week, and died of his injuries.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    'ALL I HEARD WERE GUNSHOTS'

    An Airway Inn worker, who wished not to be identified, exclusively told The Sun that they were cleaning rooms in a motel across the street from the crime scene when they heard the gun blasts from the shooting that killed Young Dolph.

    "All I heard were gunshots. We were cleaning the rooms, and we locked ourselves inside," he said.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    '50 GUNSHOTS'

    Speaking exclusively to The Sun, the anonymous witness said they heard "approximately 50 gunshots" while at the Shell gas station across the street.

    "I was across the street right before the cops, and the news arrived, and screen recorded a live video of Young Dolph's arm hanging out the window," the witness revealed.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    SHOCKING FOOTAGE, CONTINUED

    "Oh my God ya'll, they say Dolph dead. They say Dolph dead," the person behind the camera is heard saying as the video zooms in slightly to show the arm.

    "I was just standing out here just seeing this s**t."

    Moments later, police are seen urging onlookers to back up.

    The camera then zooms in on where the arm was seen hanging out the window, only to show authorities had moved it.

    "I [have] never seen no s**t like this. Oh my God. … They said that's Dolph," the person talking says before the video clip concludes.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    SHOCKING FOOTAGE

    Footage exclusively obtained by The Sun appears to show Dolph's arm hanging out one of the store's broken windows after the shooting that resulted in his death.

    The source, who wishes to remain anonymous and first shared the 44-second footage on Twitter, said the video was taken just moments before the rapper's body was removed from the scene.

    The video, which was initially recorded through Facebook Live, had amassed more than 60,000 views on Twitter.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    'THEM FOLKS JUST KILLED YOUNG DOLPH'

    Shortly after the news of Dolph's death hit the internet, comedian Derrion 'DMuney' Childs appeared to write on Facebook: "MANEEEE THEM FOLKS JUST KILLED YOUNG DOLPH I LOVE MEMPHIS CUH WE SO GANGSTA," with laughing emojis.

    The post has since been deleted but was captured by the entertainment outlet Say Cheese TV.

    In a separate Facebook post, Childs said: "MANE CUHH IF YEEN FROM MEMPHIS OR IF YEEN THE POLICE JUST QUIT TRYNA SOLVE YOUNG DOLPH MURDER.

    "THESE FOLKS DONE CAME & LOCKED MY GMA UP."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    'WHEN IS THIS MADNESS GONE END?'

    Another woman who claims to be Childs' cousin wrote of his death: "I'm just hearing my lil cuz was killed this morning when is this madness gone end."

    "Keep my family in y'all prayer."

    "Derrion Dmuney Childs R.I.H.Cuzz."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    'I'M SPEECHLESS'

    Comic Derrion Childs had over 16,000 followers on Instagram.

    A woman, who claims to be a friend of the comic, wrote on Facebook after his death: "Damn ts hurt like a mf , my dawg … damn mane damn I’m hurt … I’m speechless ts f***ed up🥺😪😩 Derrion Dmuney Childs rest in love and peace baby😭."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    DERRION CHILDS' CHILLING 'DEATH' POST

    Derrion Childs' chilling post about death that he posted just one week before his passing has surfaced.

    Cops confirmed Derrion "Dmuney" Childs, 21, died in Memphis, Tennessee on November 23 after they responded to a shooting.

    He also joked about rapper Young Dolph's tragic death, which happened earlier this month, before his own passing.

    In a post just one day after Dolph passed, Childs said: "If the news don't post me as a Memphis legend when I die then they HATEDDDDD," he wrote, accompanied by a heart emoji.

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