Silento: 'Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)' Rapper Arrested for Allegedly Murdering His Cousin


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The "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" rapper, born Richard "Ricky" Lamar Hawk, was taken into custody on Monday (Feb. 1) and charged with the murder of 34-year-old Frederick Rooks, according to Georgia's DeKalb County Police Department.

Among the available evidence is video surveillance footage captured by residential security cameras. Authorities also found at least eight shell casings at the scene.

Hawk is being accused of killing his cousin, Frederick Rooks, 34, the DeKalb County Police Department said.

Silento has become the latest hip-hop artist to have a run-in with the law for a crime related to gun violence.

Police responded to a shots fired call January 21 around 3:30 the Panthersville area, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Silento, real name Ricky Hawk was being held without bond, conformed police spokeswoman Michaela Vincent.

The rapper, whose real name is Ricky Hawk, is now being held in the DeKalb County jail. On January 21, the DeKalb County Police Department investigated Rooks' death after he was found shot on Deep Shoals Circle. He has previously been arrested for domestic dispute, speeding, and missing court dates. After being charged with inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, he was released. In late October, he was arrested and booked into the DeKalb jail on charges that he was speeding at more than 140 miles per hour on I-85.

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