The 23-year-old rapper known as Silento, who released hit track ‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)’ in 2015, has been arrested for the alleged murder of his own cousin.
The musician, real name Ricky Hawk, was arrested and taken into custody by the DeKalb County Police Department today in relation to the death of his cousin Frederick Rooks on January 21.
“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’ death after he was found shot on Deep Shoals Circle. Hawk is in the DeKalb County Jail charged with murder,” a tweet from the DKPD read.
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According to police lieutenant Rod Bryant, units responded to a call after shots were fired at approximately 3.30am on January 21.
Rooks was found dead at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds, with the official police report claiming that eight bullet casings were found at the scene.
At the time, police had no information about the suspect.
Police spokeswoman Michaela Vincenttold the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today: “However, after a thorough investigation, DKPD detectives identified Hawk as Rooks’ cousin, and the person responsible for Rooks’ murder.”
Hawk been arrested multiple times in recent months on charges related to domestic violence, weapons and speeding charges.
His hit track, ‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)’ rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His most recent release was the single ‘Swish’ on January 28. He also released an album, Skyrolyrics, in October 2020.
The rapper remains in police custody.