As the city of Memphis deals with the tragic loss of Young Dolph, local council member JB Smiley urges officials to impose a curfew to reduce violence. The council member shared a press release via Twitter saying, “I’m as sad as every other Memphis right now. Another tragedy, another murder by stupid gun violence. Today, we’ve lost a very talented Memphis and a star known throughout this country. To be honest and transparent. I am very tired of making statements that talk about or highlight crime in our communities.”
Councilman Smiley believes the city has suffered enough from the violence and is not the only local official speaking out about the safety of the community. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland also shared a tweet asking locals to stay calm and allow the Memphis Police Department to do their part to catch those responsible for Dolph’s death. The Memphis Police Department is currently investigating the fatal shooting and trying to ease tension with the residents.
Tensions escalated in the city in the hours following Dolph’s death. Rumors started spreading that his known enemy, Yu Guti, had been targeted. His name started trending on Twitter after people claimed Prive, the restaurant he bought for his mom, had been shot. Additionally, rumors have surfaced that the home of his artist Blac Youngsta’s grandmother has also gone viral. Hannah Woolsmith, a local WMCA Action News 5 reporter, debunked the rumors citing the Memphis Police Department.
As the search for Dolph’s killer(s) continues, the police have encouraged local residents to reach out to local ‘Stoppers’ with any information. At the moment, the curfew is not activated, but we’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available! Our thoughts continue to come out to the Young Dolph family.
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