DeKalb County Police Department confirmed that rapper Silento, real name Ricky Hawk, was arrested on 1st February for allegedly murdering his cousin, Frederick Rooks, who was found shot dead on 21 January.
“Today, Ricky Hawk, 23, was arrested for the murder of his cousin Frederick Rooks, 34,” Georgia’s DeKalb County Police Department tweeted on Monday (Feb. 1). “On January 21, the DeKalb County Police Department investigated Rooks’ death after he was found shot on Deep Shoals Circle. Hawk is in the DeKalb County Jail charged with Murder.”
Today, Ricky Hawk, 23, was arrested for the murder of his cousin Frederick Rooks, 34. On January 21, the DeKalb County Police Department investigated Rooks’ death after he was found shot on Deep Shoals Circle. Hawk is in the DeKalb County Jail charged with Murder. #WeAreDKPD pic.twitter.com/AfaA8CtXgx
— DeKalb County Police Department (@DeKalbCountyPD) February 1, 2021
On January 21, police had responded to a 3:30 a.m. shots-fired call and found Frederick Rooks dead at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds. According to XXL magazine, 34-year old Rooks was found on the roadway bleeding heavily, suffering gunshot wounds to his face and leg in a suburb of Georgia, US.
After an investigation on the matter, the murder was linked and pinned on Hawk, the police revealed in a statement. Eight bullet casings were found on the scene of the crime. The motive for the murder is still unclear.
Silento is currently being held in DeKalb County Jail and has been charged with murder.
Silento has been arrested twice before
Silento has a history of legal trouble with regular face-offs with the law, as per the site. He was arrested in August for assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of walking into an unlocked stranger’s home in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles and swinging a hatchet at the two people inside before one of them disarmed him. A day before that arrest, he was held on domestic violence charges at a Santa Ana, Calif., home. In October, he was arrested for allegedly driving 143 mph in DeKalb County.
23-year-old Silento raised to fame when he released his hit single Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) in 2015. The single reached No.3 in America and No.19 in the UK. His most recent single, ‘Swish’, was released in January 28, 2021.
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