On Thursday (Dec. 16), a public memorial for the “Preach” rapper was held at the FedExForum in his hometown of Memphis. Following several gospel performances and speeches from people who knew Dolph, his life partner, their 4-year-old daughter Aria and 7-year-old son Adolph Thornton III took the stage to mourn his loss.
“He had a heart of David, a man after God’s own heart, and I’ll say that until the day I die,” Jerdine said. “It’s definitely painful to not have him in our lives. But one thing I know for sure for certain is that he is in our hearts. He’s our guiding star. He’s done so many things to just endow wisdom and knowledge and impart so many valuable lessons on me and my family that I know we all cherish.”
Next, Dolph’s son spoke. “My dad was the person who raised me and he trained me to be a good man when I grow up,” he said. “First, when I was younger, I used to love playing … But now that he is dead, I’m going to make it up to the whole world and be the greatest person you will ever know.”
Lastly, his daughter addressed the crowd. “My dad, I love him cause I know who he is and he’s the best dad I know cause I just like to play with him in my heart cause he’s still in my heart and I’ll keep thinking of him forever and ever and ever,” she said.
The family closed out their comments by chanting, “Long live Dolph.”
As REVOLT previously reported, Dolph was shot and killed last month while purchasing cookies in Memphis. As he stood inside Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, two masked gunmen hopped out of a white Mercedes and opened fire on the Paper Route Empire rapper. So far, no arrests have been made in his death. However, Memphis police did locate the vehicle that was used in the shooting, at an abandoned house. Authorities are still investigating.