Atlanta rapper Silento has been indicted for the murder of his
cousin by a Dekalb County, Ga. grand jury.
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
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