MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s been just over two months since the murder that shook the city of Memphis and even the nation.
Today, on the second day of Black History Month, Young Dolph’s life partner and the NAACP teamed up for a group discussion about how to tackle crime in the late rapper’s hometown.
“Death is permanent, we can’t take that back,” said Mia Jaye when asked how she’s coping with a new life after the passing of the love of her life.
Mia Jaye has two children with Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., who fans know affectionately as Dolph.
In the wake of his untimely death, she’s speaking out in hopes of starting a conversation about crime prevention.
“That one action has torn out the hearts of many when that should be something that should eat away at your conscience to know that you have literally broken the hearts of mothers, grandmothers, sisters, brothers, children, fiancés, the whole family,” she said.
This conversation happened at a Town Hall hosted by the Memphis Chapter of the NAACP. Ironically, before Thornton’s murder, Mia Jaye started an organization called Black Men Deserve to Grow Old following the murder of her brother in Memphis. Now she’s faced with a very similar and real pain once again.
“Memphis has broken my heart twice,” she said, “I’m robotic in a sense to where I’m so determined to make sure that in Adolph’s name and his honor that some change is made.”
FOX13 asked Memphis NAACP President, Van Turner, to address the sense of a loss of hope felt across the community amid the rising crime rate.
“It’s crime everywhere you go, you can’t escape it, you can’t run from this problem.”
Turner tells FOX13 the resources are available to tackle Memphis crime; he says the focus has to be placed on kids, schools and gangs in the area.
“We have to invest the dollars in the people like we invest in the buildings and the infrastructure,” he said, “it does no good to build beautiful buildings to have the city be as beautiful as it can be, but the people are deteriorating.”
Turner sends a message of hope to those who are overwhelmed by current local crime statistics.
”This is not the time to give up now; we are going to keep fighting to make this community better to resolve the crime and the youth violence in this community, and we are going to keep fighting against the state when the state is coming in to do us wrong,” said Turner.
Meanwhile, FOX13 asked Mia Jaye what message she felt Young Dolph would leave with those who are grieving his death.
“I feel like he would definitely want people to continue to go get the money, go provide for your family, still pick up the pieces, and push through the hurt.”
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