MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The owners of Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies have decided not to reopen their store at the location where Young Dolph was killed in November.
They told FOX13’s Jeremy Pierre that threats to their business and family forced them to make the difficult decision to close on Airways Blvd. for real.
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On Tuesday night, FOX13 reported that Lloyd White, the owner of the property where Young Dolph’s makeshift memorial is located, said he plans to clean it up next week, between March 7 and March 12.
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White is not involved in the ownership of Makeda’s homemade butter cookies, but is the owner of the property where the company operates and the owner of a nearby laundromat.
On Wednesday morning, the owners of Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies said they planned to reopen their location on Airways Boulevard which has become a memorial to the rapper. But on Wednesday night, the family told FOX13 that the threats against their business and family had changed their minds.
“Mr. White, because of the city violations and the burning of the candles, it just feels like it’s time for us to move on and close the memorial. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to close the memory of Young Dolph,” Rachel Winton told FOX13’s Jeremy Pierre on Wednesday morning.
Winton and his family own Makeda’s.
Money raised through a GoFundMe campaign for Makeda was used to continue to pay on-site rent, maintain utilities, and pay employees.
Makeda said the rest of the money will now go towards cleaning the exterior and interior of the building, breaking the lease and moving out.
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