Students at Young Dolph’s former high school remember Memphis rapper for what he gave back

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — He gave his music to the world, but he gave even more to those who graced the halls that he used to walk.

At Hamilton High School in Memphis, Young Dolph’s influence goes way beyond rap.

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Young Dolph donated $25,000 to his former high school and was there in 2020 to deliver a message to the students.

“Nothing in this world stays the same forever. Everything happens for a reason,” Young Dolph said in part of the video.

Two days after the Memphis icon was shot and killed at Makeda’s Cookies, students at Hamilton High School remembered the superstar for his loyalty and generosity.

“He was a pretty good person. He gave back to his community. He really didn’t get into too much trouble,” said one student.

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That student told FOX13 that some of her fellow classmates cried after hearing the news that one of their role models had been killed. Other students were angry. All were left to try to figure out why this happened.

“It was a senseless death. They shouldn’t have did what they did,” the student said.

Hamilton High School student Markyla Kimp echoed her classmate’s frustrations.

“It doesn’t matter if you have beef with somebody, you don’t need to be killing nobody. He felt like he was safe in his own neighborhood,” Kimp said.

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On Friday, Young Dolph was supposed to hang out turkeys at his annual Thanksgiving event in South Memphis. In the wake of the rapper’s murder, members of his record label, Paper Route Empire, handed out the turkeys in his place, continuing his legacy.

FOX13 learned that Young Dolph was also planned on attending an event for children with incarcerated parents.