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Young Dolph's legacy honored with street renaming in Castalia Heights

A section of Dunn Avenue has been honorarily renamed after the late Memphis rapper.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rapper Young Dolph's legacy is being remembered in his Castalia Heights neighborhood Wednesday with a honorary street renaming along a section of Dunn Avenue. 

The street has been named "Adolph Thornton Jr.," which was Young Dolph's real name. 

The musician was shot and killed nearly a month ago when he was visiting his favorite cookie store, Makeda's Cookies. 

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Memphis City Councilman JB Smiley Jr., who advocated to have the street renamed, said it is important for the people in Castalia Heights to be reminded they can reach great success. 

"It’s about honoring and showing respect to our very own," Smiley said. "For the individuals that walk down that street, the young kids who frequent Airways and Dunn who live in Castalia Heights, every time they see that sign they’re going to see inspiration." 

Young Dolph was known for working hard to escape the poverty and violence in Castalia Heights. Smiley said it will take a collective effort in the city to end gun violence. 

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"The ability to reduce crime is not just on the elected officials, not just on the churches, not just on the non-profits, not just on community members," Smiley said. "It’s on every single person who frequents this community." 

Smiley said the Memphis City Council is looking to fund several community groups that are working to fight crime. 

"We just received an update from Mayor Jim Strickland specifically speaking to the Group Violence Intervention program," Smiley said. "We allocated over $2 million dollars to them because we want our communities to be safe and the update we received is that the program should be up and running in the next four to five months." 

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