Young Dolph’s girlfriend breaks silence after rapper’s murder

The partner of the slain Memphis rapper Young Dolph has broken her silence about the shooting that killed him and sentenced three men to prison terms.

According to the police report, 23-year-old Dolph, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, was shot dead in an SUV on the night of 20 November as it headed for his girlfriend’s house. One of the men, Dwayne Phillips, is accused of firing the fatal shot, although Williams was also fatally injured.

Jimmy Canzoneri, 25, was later arrested and charged with murder.

Dolph himself spoke out about his identity – “I’m a rich muthafucka from the south,” he wrote in a recent album – but his girlfriend, Ashley Mae Taylor, stepped forward in the aftermath.

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In a Facebook post on Saturday, she appeared to defend her late partner. “This dude loved me to death,” she wrote. “I won’t let some motherfucker hit me in the head I won’t let that happen to my baby. Trust me.”

Taylor also said that her son was in a psychiatric ward, and that the rapper had planned to take him back with him to their home in Mississippi. “He didn’t come here to jump off a roof or die. He came here to enjoy his manhood,” she said.

Her statement coincides with the court proceedings for Curtis Brown, 23, who was arrested and charged with second-degree murder along with Phillips. The third man, Antwaun Cook, 25, was charged with accessory after the fact.

Fourteen-year-old Derrion Albert is accused of firing a gun into the SUV, which police believe came from the residence of one of the three men accused of involvement. Both Cook and Albert reportedly faced charges relating to marijuana distribution, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.

A judge on Wednesday ordered Albert to stand trial. His attorney declined to comment when contacted by the Guardian.

The shooting occurred only days after the release of Young Dolph’s latest album, Truckload of Hits. The rapper said in an interview the day after his death that he would donate all proceeds to his hometown of Memphis.

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