“Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” rapper Silentó is facing serious legal issues. The 23-year-old born Ricky Lamar Hawk was arrested in Georgia for the felony murder of his cousin, 34-year-old Frederick Rooks.
DeKalb County police reportedly found Rooks dead at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds. Detectives are said to be investigating a potential motive for the killing.
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
Chanel Hudson, a publicist connected to Silentó, has released a statement on Instagram about the entertainer’s arrest. The Atlanta resident informed her IG followers that Silentó has allegedly been battling mental health issues.
The self-described PR manager wrote:
Please send my client Silento some positive vibrations. Over the past several years, Ricky has been suffering immensely from a series of mental health illnesses. We will continue in his efforts of treatment, but we ask in the meantime the public uplift him and his family in immediate prayer & positive energy!! Ricky is a beautiful soul and we hope that the same people who came up whippin’ & nay naying with him, continue to support him and lifted in prayer!! God bless.
Silentó has dealt with legal trouble multiple times over the last few months. He was arrested twice in August 2020 on domestic violence and gun charges in California. In late October, the Stone Mountain native was jailed for driving 143 mph in a 65 mph zone in Dekalb County.