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Rapper Silento indicted for murder of cousin

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23-year-old Richard Hawk, who performs under the name Silento, has been indicted for the shooting death of a family member.

The “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” rapper was first arrested in connection to the death of his cousin in February 2021.

On August 3, he was indicted by a grand jury on four charges: malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

In the early morning hours of January 21, Hawk’s cousin, Frederick Rooks, was found by police in the street, bleeding profusely from gunshot wounds to the face and legs.

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Rooks died on the scene from injuries sustained and police officers in DeKalb county linked Hawk to the crime.

The rapper, who was in hid mid-teens when he skyrocketed to fame, was previously arrested twice in 2020. The first time was for attacking strangers with a hatchet after he walked in the unlocked home of strangers and began swinging at them. He was then arrested for allegedly driving at 134 mph.

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One day before the hatchet incident, Hawk was held on domestic violence charges in California.

His sole popular song, “Watch Me,” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

He is currently being held without bond.

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