In an exclusive with TMZ the owners of Makeda’s Butter Cookies store Maurice and Pamela Hill tell the publication that their 3 staff members who witnessed Young Dolph’s murder are traumatized and distraught.
According to TMZ Maurice and Pamela say the impacted employees will be allowed to take time off until they feel good enough to return, and in the meantime, they will remain on the payroll.
We’re told none of the folks working in the store were hurt in the shooting — strong evidence Dolph was targeted by the gunman — and the Hills are grieving and praying for his family.
Maurice says Dolph — a frequent customer and advocate for Makeda’s — had come inside to buy cookies and was on his phone when the 2 gunmen pulled up and started shooting.
There’s a makeshift memorial outside the store, which is now boarded up … and Pamela says they’re not sure when they will reopen.
They’re taking time to let the community grieve.
It might be a while before things get back to business as usual.
With the store closed indefinitely, the Hills are crowdfunding to help stay afloat and pay their employees.
According to her GoFundMe the store owners shared:
In the aftermath, the store that was just repaired after burglaries will now have to begin again. Young Dolph was helping them attract more customers by frequently visiting and posting to help increase revenue.
Unfortunately, this black-owned business is now being forced to repair once more while hurting. They will also be unable to pay their staff or replace their revenue that this main store generates.
The staff will also need security as there has been an additional shooting that occurred on the following day steps away their bakery.
They will also need grief counseling to process witnessing the murder of someone they considered family.
Also, due to the fact that this tragedy was not fire, flood or natural disaster, their insurance claim was denied.
They have raised over 70K so far.