Rapper Silento has been charged with the murder of his cousin in Georgia.
Rapper Silento a.k.a Richard Hawk, known for his viral song Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) was arrested and charged with the murder of his cousin, Fredrick Rooks, on Monday in Georgia.
Details of the Arrest
The DeKalb County Police Department tweeted that on January 21 police officials had investigated 34-year-old Frederick Rook’s death. He was found dead on Deep Shoals Circle with multiple gunshots. He had wounds on his face and his leg, and officers found eight shell casings lying nearby. There was little found on his body.
Dekalb police spokeswoman stated that, after a thorough investigation by the DKPD detectives, Hawk was identified as Rooks’ cousin, and the person responsible for Rooks’ murder. The investigators are still uncovering the motive.
The Rapper’s Past
Silento, 23, is being held without a bond, reported Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He rose to fame in 2015 when his song Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) went viral on social media platforms for its dance moves. It peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2015 and Silento even performed it on Nickelodeon.
The rapper’s publicist stated on Instagram that Hawk is a “gentle soul” and that he is been suffering from a series of mental health issues, so the public should have his family and him in prayer.
Richard Hawk has been arrested before in 2020, once for domestic violence and gun charges in California in August, and in October, he was arrested for speeding on I-85. Hawk had mentioned to the police that he was speeding because people were following him.
Back In 2017, Richard Hawk was temporarily banned from leaving the United Arab Emirates after an argument about two performances that the rapper failed to deliver on. He mentioned that he had mental health issues, causing him to not perform and he was seeking professional help and he encouraged others to do the same.