Once reports of Young Dolph’s murder began to surface on November 17, coach Deion Sanders paid tribute to the late Memphis resident who visited his team a month prior.

“I hope to God these rumors ain’t true about my friend, my brother and a man dear to my Sons @YoungDolph,” the NFL icon wrote on Twitter. “Lord help us as a people stop the hate, the violence and the hopelessness. When we realize we matter others will as well. Lord help us right now.”


Young Dolph was shot and killed last November while at Makeda’s Cookies in his hometown. Three men have since been arrested in connection to his murder.