Rapper Silento indicted for murder of cousin

Atlanta rapper Silento has been indicted for the murder of his

cousin by a Dekalb County, Ga. grand jury.

 

Silento wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Rapper Silento attends the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

 

The “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” singer, 23, whose real name is

Richard Lamar Hawk, was arrested in February in connection

with the death of Frederick Rooks, 34, who died from multiple

gunshot wounds on Jan. 21 in Panthersville, a small Atlanta

suburb.

 

a man looking at the camera: In this handout photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, rapper Silento, legal name Richard Lamar "Ricky" Hawk, is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on murder charges February 1, 2021 in DeKalb County, Georgia.

In this handout photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s

Office, rapper Silento, legal name Richard Lamar “Ricky” Hawk, is

seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on murder charges

February 1, 2021 in DeKalb County, Georgia. (Handout/)

 

Security footage from the scene showed several cars fleeing after

the shooting and Hawk was identified as the “person responsible

for Rooks’ murder” following a “thorough investigation.”

Hawk was repeatedly denied bond and has been in custody at the

Dekalb County Jail. Court records show Hawk was indicted on

counts of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and

possession of a firearm while committing a felony on Aug. 3.

 

A motive for the slaying was not included in the indictment.

 

Shortly after his initial arrest, Chanel Hudson, Hawk’s publicist,

told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the rapper has a

documented history of mental health issues, including an Oct.

2020 arrest for speeding where he told officers he was fleeing

people who were following him. Mental health is still a major

concern among our community and efforts to address this issue

continues.

 

Source: Tyshawn Smith

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