Atlanta rapper Silento arrested in murder of his cousin

Atlanta rapper Silento arrested in murder of his cousin

Hawk is in the DeKalb County Jail charged with Murder.

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

"Today, Ricky Hawk, 23, was arrested for the murder of his cousin Frederick Rooks, 34".

Atlanta-based rapper Silento, who rose to fame as a teenage rap sensation with his hit song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)", that also spurred a viral dance move, was arrested on Monday in DeKalb County and charged with murder in the shooting death of his cousin, according to authorities. He was pronounced dead at the scene. However, surveillance footage from multiple residents' security cameras showed several cars quickly fleeing the scene and at least one of the gunshots.

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

Authorities responded to a call of a person shot inside a home on January 21 around 3:30 a.m. Rooks sustained gunshot wounds to the face and leg and was bleeding severely. Silento is now booked in the DeKalb County Jail. XXL reports, "Silento, born Richard "Ricky" Lamar Hawk, was arrested for the murder of 34-year-old Fredrick Rooks, who was killed on January 21".

This isn't Silento's first legal trouble. At the time, he was booked and released on a charge of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.

Richard Hawk, the rapper better known as Silento, was arrested on Monday in Georgia on felony murder charges.

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