The rapper Silentó, whose hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” was a viral phenomenon in 2015, has been arrested and charged within the taking pictures demise of his cousin exterior Atlanta final month, the authorities stated.
Silentó, whose actual title is Ricky Hawk, was arrested on Monday, the police in DeKalb County, Ga., stated in an announcement. They stated they’d recognized Mr. Hawk, 23, because the suspect within the deadly taking pictures on Jan. 21 of Frederick Rooks, 34, in Decatur, Ga., about seven miles northeast of Atlanta.
Officers responded to a report of gunshots in a residential neighborhood within the Panthersville part of Decatur within the early hours of Jan. 21, in response to a police report. Officers arrived to search out the sufferer, later recognized as Mr. Rooks, on the street. He had been shot within the face and leg and was bleeding severely, the report stated.
When emergency medical employees arrived, they pronounced him lifeless on the scene, the report stated.
Video footage obtained from doorbell cameras at a number of properties within the space captured not less than one gunshot and confirmed automobiles fleeing the scene, in response to the report.
Mr. Hawk has been charged with one depend of homicide. The police stated of their assertion that they have been nonetheless working to determine a motive for the taking pictures.
It was not instantly clear if Mr. Hawk had a lawyer. His reserving agent didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Tuesday.
The video for “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” has been seen practically 1.eight billion occasions on YouTube. The tune turned a sensation largely on the idea of a pair of dance strikes: the “whip,” adopting a large stance and forcefully thrusting an arm in entrance of the physique, and the “nae nae,” which includes shaking back and forth with one hand within the air.
“Watch Me” reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. Mr. Hawk’s debut album, “Fresh Outta High School,” was launched in 2018, and he has since launched a lot of singles.
Mr. Hawk has had earlier run-ins with the police. In October 2020, he was arrested in DeKalb County on costs together with reckless driving and driving over the pace restrict, in response to jail data. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that the police caught him driving over 140 miles per hour on Interstate 85. In August 2020, he was arrested on home violence and assault costs in Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif., according to KABC-TV.