Rapper Silento Arrested and Charged With Murder of His Cousin


Silentó, finest recognized for his 2015 hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” has been arrested and charged with the alleged homicide of his cousin, the DeKalb County Police Department confirmed to Variety.

The rapper, whose actual identify is Ricky Hawk, is at present being held within the DeKalb County jail. Representatives for Silentó didn’t instantly reply to Variety‘s request for comment.

The DeKalb County Police Department announced the news in a tweet on Monday, writing: “Today, Ricky Hawk, 23, was arrested for the murder of his cousin Frederick Rooks, 34. On January 21, the DeKalb County Police Department investigated Rooks’ loss of life after he was discovered shot on Deep Shoals Circle. Hawk is within the DeKalb County Jail charged with Murder.”

A consultant for the DeKalb County Police Department stated that they investigated a taking pictures on Jan. 21 at approximately 3:30 a.m. after Rooks was discovered within the roadway, struggling a number of gunshot wounds. Rooks was pronounced lifeless on the scene.

“After a thorough investigation, DKPD detectives identified Hawk as Rooks’ cousin, and the person responsible for Rooks’ murder,” the DeKalb County Police Department stated in an announcement. “Investigators are still working to uncover the motive for the shooting.”

Silentó had a historical past of authorized bother, having been arrested in August 2020 following a home disturbance. He was arrested as soon as once more in October and charged with rushing and reckless driving.

“Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” rose to No. Three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His most up-to-date launch was the one “Swish” on Jan. 28. He additionally launched an album, “Skyrolyrics,” in October 2020.

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