Rapper Silento arrested, accused of murdering his cousin in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Local rapper Silento, who became known for his song “Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae,” was arrested on murder charges Monday afternoon.

The 23-year-old rapper, whose real name is Ricky Hawk, is accused of shooting and killing his cousin Frederick Rooks last month.

Police responded to a shooting on Deep Shoals Circle around 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 21 where they found Rooks in the middle of the street with multiple gunshot wounds.


Officers found at least eight bullet casings around Rooks. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ring camera video from neighbors caught several cars leaving the scene. Investigators later connected the shooting to Hawk and arrested him Monday.

Investigators are still working on the motive. Hawk is currently booked in the DeKalb County Jail.

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