Girlfriend of slain rapper Young Dolph to use death to bring awareness to gun violence

The girlfriend of murdered rapper Young Dolph said she wants to use her life to bring awareness to gun violence and domestic violence. Speaking for the first time about her boyfriend’s murder, Shateria L. Moragne-el said she wanted to “speak up because it’s bigger than me and it’s bigger than Hip Hop.”

Larm, born Jermaine Carter, was gunned down outside a restaurant in south Memphis last Wednesday. He had just arrived at the counter of Potbelly Sandwich Shop in a Ford Mustang to get food for his group when he was confronted by a man. The rapper was shot multiple times and died at the scene. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was arrested, and is expected to appear in court in December.

Larm’s murder came as a grim surprise for many people in Memphis because he had already survived six years of imprisonment — the reason why he made such a public plea on his song “Not Cool.” It was this song, off his fourth album titled “I’m Still Da Baddest,” that spurred his girlfriend Moragne-el to speak out.

“I don’t want [anyone] to take my life for not being cool. I don’t want it to be my death sentence,” she recalled. “I understand you can’t be with people all the time, but you need to have a plan.”

She said she had attempted to get Dolph to follow through on taking her to Las Vegas to watch his mother’s 90th birthday celebration, something they discussed at length before he died.

Since his death, Dolph has emerged as one of the most outspoken voices of resistance in the United States. His survivors have released a statement describing him as a “larger than life person, loved by many.”

“Nothing can bring him back but his memory and legacy should live on,” they said.

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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