The rapper was shot in Memphis, Tennessee, on Nov. 17
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Young Dolph's longtime partner, Mia Jaye, has broken her silence one day after the rapper's death.

On Thursday, Jaye took to Instagram to thank everyone for their prayers and messages after news of Dolph's death broke. The rapper, whose name is Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., was fatally shot outside of a local cookie shop in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday, police confirmed. He was 36.

"Question is… How am I ever going to tell my babies that daddy is never coming home?" Jaye wrote on her Instagram Story over a video of Dolph playing with their daughter, Ari. Dolph and Jaye also share son Tre.  

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"God give me strength… Adolph I love you with all my heart and soul," Jaye continued on the next Story slide, adding on another, "Thank you to everyone for all of your prayers, love, support, messages... I may not see them all but when my eyes are not full of tears I catch a few… Nonetheless, all the genuine positive, vibes, energy, and prayers are welcome… Because Lord knows I need them."

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Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn "CJ" Davis issued a statement on Wednesday about the rise in gun violence in the area, per CNN. "This shooting is another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationwide. Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who are affected by this horrific act of violence," Davis said.

According to Memphis Police Department, two suspects are being sought in the shooting of Dolph. A security camera captured footage of two armed individuals exiting a white, two-door Mercedes Benz; however, no arrests have been made.

"The suspects approached the victim while he was inside the business and shot the victim several times. The suspects then fled the scene," police said.

In an interview with GQ in 2020, Dolph opened up about how he had enjoyed being in lockdown with his partner and kids, as it allowed him to spend more time with his family. 

"We watching movies, we having [toy] gun fights, we on the trampoline, we doing everything," he told the outlet. "We playing. I'm in my daughter's room, I'm in her little castle thing she got. She crawl in, I'm crawling my big ass in that mother—er. I'm in their world right now. Everything they like to do, everything they play, I'm all in that world right now. I'm just a big-ass kid right now."