Pictures have surfaced on social media of Young Dolph allegedly photographed with murder suspect Justin Johnson.
Young Dolph was killed outside of a bakery in his hometown of Memphis on November 17, and on January 5 the Memphis Police Department stated that they have issued an arrest warrant for 23-year-old Justin Johnson for first-degree murder per local news outlet WREG. The MPD is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Additionally, U.S. Marshals are offering up to $10,000 and MPD and Crime Stoppers are offering up to $2,500 for Johnson’s arrest.
When Johnson’s name was released to the public, Dolph fans quickly scoured the internet for information on the alleged killer and the findings were surprising.
Fans found a picture that allegedly places Dolph and Johnson at the same social gathering seen here.
Fans also found a photo of Johnson with a chain resembling one that Dolph frequently wore that says “PRE” short for Paper Route Empire on it.
Rolling Stone spoke with Dolph’s aunt, Rita Myers, on how the news of Johnson as a potential suspect does not bring her any closure.
“There’s not any closure for us with this news, because [Johnson] is not in custody, and we still don’t have all the facts,” Myers said. “We still feel the same. This news just made me feel worse. I thought it would make me feel better, but it didn’t. All I know is, anyone who could walk up and take the life of another person for no reason is someone with hate in their heart, a person who has no regard for life, a person who cares about nothing.”
She added how Dolph’s death has impacted her family: “Our family has suffered a tremendous loss, because he was the glue that held our family together,” Myers said of her nephew. “I’m still crying, day and night. We were very close. And it’s not just me, it’s the whole family. I couldn’t even say ‘Merry Christmas,’ or celebrate my birthday, or say ‘Happy New Year’ to anyone, because I don’t feel that. It’s like we lost a part of ourselves, and I can’t see an end to the suffering and hurt.”
If you have any information about Johnson’s whereabouts, you are urged to call U.S. Marshals at (901)-275-4562, (901)-601-1575, or (731)-571-0280.