Young Dolph’s Family Feels ‘There’s Not Any Closure’ After Shooting Suspect Is Identified πŸ’₯πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ’₯

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The U.S. Marshalls, Memphis Police Department and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announce that one of the suspects is a 23-year-old man named Justin Johnson and release his photo.

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An investigation into Young Dolph‘s death has finally shown a major progress. On Wednesday, January 5, authorities revealed the identity of one of the alleged gunmen who opened fire at a cookie shop where the late rapper picked up some cookies for his mother.

The U.S. Marshalls, Memphis Police Department and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have announced that one of the suspects is a 23-year-old man named Justin Johnson. He is wanted by police in connection with a number alleged charges, including first-degree murder, criminal attempted first-degree murder and property theft.

Authorities released his photo on social media in hopes of locating the suspect. His description says he is 5-foot-8 tall, weighs 190 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Law enforcement says Justin is on the TBI Most Wanted list, has ties to organized crime and should be considered armed and dangerous.

He has the name “Jaiya” tattooed on his right arm. According to his social media page, Justin appears to be a local rapper who goes by the name StraightDrop. The law enforcement agencies offered a combined award of $15,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Young Dolph's Murder Suspect Identified

Authorities released a photo of Young Dolph’s murder suspect identified as Justin Johnson.

The news, however, doesn’t serve as any consolation whatsoever for Young Dolph’s family. The slain rapper’s aunt Rita Myers told Rolling Stone after the suspect was identified, “There’s not any closure for us with this news, because [Johnson] is not in custody, and we still don’t have all the facts.”

“We still feel the same. This news just made me feel worse,” she added, before explaining, “I thought it would make me feel better, but it didn’t. All I know is, anyone who could walk up and take the life of another person for no reason is someone with hate in their heart, a person who has no regard for life, a person who cares about nothing.”

“Our family has suffered a tremendous loss, because he was the glue that held our family together,” Rita said of her nephew. “I’m still crying, day and night. We were very close. And it’s not just me, it’s the whole family. I couldn’t even say ‘Merry Christmas,’ or celebrate my birthday, or say ‘Happy New Year’ to anyone, because I don’t feel that. It’s like we lost a part of ourselves, and I can’t see an end to the suffering and hurt.”

Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., was shot and killed while he was visiting Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies in Memphis on November 17, 2021. He was laid to rest on Tuesday, November 30 at the cemetery across from Hamilton High School, Dolph’s alma mater.