Nickelodeon To Murder: Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), Rapper Silento Indicted for Murder of His Cousin

True Crime Lounge
Memento Mori Desk
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4 min readJun 10, 2024

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Ricky Hawk, known by his stage name Silento, has been indicted for the murder of his 34-year-old cousin, Frederick Rooks, after a shooting incident on January 21, 2021, in DeKalb County, Georgia. The 23-year-old rapper, was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), Rapper Silento Indicted for Murder of His Cousin

Silentó, born Richard Lamar Hawk on January 22, 1998, in Stone Mountain, Georgia, is a rapper and singer best known for his 2015 debut single “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” which achieved significant success, charting at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. He has revealed his adverse childhood experiences and mental health struggles on the daytime talk show “The Doctors” in May 2019, shedding light on the challenges he faced while growing up. His upbringing and early experiences have played a significant role in shaping his life and career.

Silentó’s upbringing in Stone Mountain, Georgia, likely had a profound impact on his personal and professional journey. While achieving fame at a young age with his viral hit, he has also faced legal troubles and mental health challenges, showcasing the complexities of his personal background and the difficulties he may have encountered while growing up. These early…

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