MEMPHIS – Rapper Young Dolph, aka Adolph Thornton Jr., suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his head, neck and torso when he was killed at a hometown bakery in November, according to an autopsy report.
The police investigation and autopsy findings support the cause of death as a homicide, according to the report, completed by the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center and the medical examiner’s office. The USA TODAY Network obtained the report Tuesday through a public records request.
Young Dolph, 36, was fatally shot while buying baked goods at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies on Nov. 17.
The autopsy reported nearly two dozen wounds to the hip-hop star’s back, chin, neck and both arms.
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Authorities have charged two men with first-degree murder in his death and publicly named three other persons of interest in the case. Little information about the events of the shooting or leading up to the shooting have been shared by law enforcement.
In photos circulated by the Memphis Police Department, two suspects in the shooting are each holding a gun.
Both suspects pulled up to the bakery, jumped out of a car, and fired into the store, striking Dolph several times, authorities have said.
Young Dolph dies: Rapper, 36, fatally shot at Memphis bakery, authorities say
Examiners appear to have reviewed 22 wounds to Dolph’s body. Six were labeled as entrance wounds, all to the back. Three exit wounds were identified in the chest and abdomen on the left side.
The report notes that “comingling” tracks of the wounds “(prevents) accurate assignment of” entering and exiting gunshot wounds. “However, the assessment of the wounds indicates that the most common trajectory of the bullet wound paths is forward.”
Other wounds to the head, neck and arms are not explicitly described as entrance or exit wounds.
Prior to the fatal shooting, Dolph lived through two shootings in 2017.
Dolph is survived by his life partner, Mia Jerdine, and two young children, Aria and Adolph Thornton III, known as Tre.
At a public celebration of the rapper’s life in December, Tre told a crowd at FedEx Forum: “My dad was the person who raised me and he trained me to be a good man when I grow up. … 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.”
The owners of Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies have decided to close the location of the bakery, which fans have turned into a memorial.
It’s unclear if a more permanent memorial is planned.
Contributing: Micaela Watts