‘I’m Just Suffering,’ Says Mother of Rapper Young Dolph Who Was Fatally Shot in Memphis

Last year, when Miki Moore first heard about the slaying of her boyfriend and recording artist Young Dolph, she took it upon herself to verify the reports about the shooting on social media. Within minutes of receiving the news, she found her only child.

“I just lost it. I can’t believe it,” Moore told CBS Memphis. “It’s an emptiness, there’s no joy in it, just emptiness. I just hold on to the joy that I have in my son, it’s sad.”

Young Dolph, 37, who was raised in Oakland, just outside of Memphis, was shot in broad daylight in his Mercedes-Benz sedan on a Memphis street. According to witnesses, the rapper was driving his vehicle when he was ambushed by a group of several men who opened fire. A few minutes after the shooting, witnesses saw Dolph lying on the street. Shortly after, another victim, Ronald “Pee Wee” Draper, 39, was found in a nearby car in critical condition.

“There were two shooters shooting,” one witness told CBS 2. “I got hit in the right arm. I was shot twice and that’s when I ran and hid.”

Officers arrived on the scene and began to investigate immediately. Most of the cars in the area were damaged and many shattered windows were littered with bullet holes. Dolph, who went by the nickname “Young Dolph,” was rushed to a local hospital. He died of his injuries. The surviving victim was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Witnesses say they saw two masked suspects running away from the scene. A few days later, officers arrested Devonte Dorey for murder and Jordan Stanfield for attempted murder. Now, Moore says that she is unsure of what happens next and that she is still trying to piece together what happened to her boyfriend.

“I’m just suffering,” Moore told CBS. “I have kids. My kids think he’s going to come home at any time, but of course the day of death that you know, we live, so there’s no coming back. It’s, I don’t know … it just hurts me inside.”

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