MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Makeda’s Butter Cookies was closed on Thursday, less than a day after rapper Young Dolph was gunned down inside the store.
The boarded-up store front is now a growing memorial to Young Dolph at the scene of his murder.
For the shop’s owners who saw the violence unfold, the pain they are feeling is unimaginable.
Tamika Heard manages one of the family’s downtown locations on Second Street.
“They took a dad. These kids have to wake up without their father, and that makes me sad,” she said.
Heard said her stepdad was ringing up Dolph’s go-to order when someone drove up and started shooting.
“I personally don’t understand that type of malice in someone’s heart, but they have to be hurting to be able to do something like that,” she said.
Heard said her entire family is shaken up by what happened.
“Dolph impacted the community. They took someone who impacted the community in a positive way,” she said.
Now, Heard’s family is tasked with keeping the business going for the people and the community that means the most to them.
“This is Memphis, we are supposed to be showing love in this city,” she said. “I just hope we increase the love and decrease all the hate and violence.”
At this point, Heard said they haven’t decided when to reopen this store. She said they want to give the community time to grieve.
Makeda’s has two locations at 601 Jefferson Ave. and 488 S. Second St.
Several Memphis restaurants today announced they are donating a portion of proceeds from their dessert sales to the owners of Makeda’s.
A GoFundMe has also been set up for the cookie shop. Click here to donate.
RAWK‘n Grub Side Stage, located at 101 S. Houston Levee Rd. inside Exxon, is donating $1 from every burger sold through Nov. 22 to the bakery’s GoFundMe.
For every stack of pancakes sold through Sunday, The Liquor is donating $1 from each sale to Makeda’s, the restaurant announced on Facebook. The restaurant is located at 2655 Broad Ave.
County Commissioner Tami Sawyer also took to Twitter to ask the community to support the business. You can CashApp the owner directly at $cookiequeen99.
Young Dolph’s wife Mia is supporting the store’s efforts to repair and pay the staff, according to a post from Makeda’s on Friday.
“Her heart is bigger than you could have imagined,” the post read.
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