Silento, Hip-hop singer known for hit song WatchMe (Whip/Nae Nae), charged with murder of cousin

Silento is in currently in Atlanta's DeKalb County jail, authorities said.

The Associated Press February 03, 2021 12:44:47 IST
Silento, Hip-hop singer known for hit song WatchMe (Whip/Nae Nae), charged with murder of cousin

Silento, the Atlanta rapper known for his hit song 'Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)', was arrested Monday and charged with murder in the shooting death of his 34-year-old cousin, authorities said.

DeKalb County police said in a statement on Twitter that the 23-year-old rapper whose legal name is Ricky Hawk was arrested in that suburb of Atlanta. The police statement said he is in the county jail, charged with murder in connection with the 21 January death of Frederick Rooks.

The statement didn’t elaborate on the circumstances of the death or Hawk’s arrest.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Hawk was being held without bond late Monday.

The newspaper had reported previously that police responded to a call of shots fired on 21 January about 3:30 a.m. in the community of Panthersville in DeKalb County. The newspaper cited police as saying officers found Rooks dead with multiple gunshot wounds that night.

It wasn’t immediately known if Hawk had an attorney who could comment for him. His manager did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment Monday night.

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