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Silento’s Publicist Releases Statement Following Rapper’s Arrest

Written by on February 2, 2021

Silento‘s publicist has released a statement following the rapper’s arrest for murdering his cousin.

On Monday evening (Feb. 1), shortly after news broke that the 23-year-old artist, born Richard “Ricky” Lamar Hawk, was taken into custody for the Jan. 21 murder, Silento‘s rep spoke out about her client via Instagram. She revealed that he has been battling mental health issues for some time.

“Please send my client Silento some positive vibrations,” her statement began. “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 uplifts him and his family in immediate prayers & positive energy!!.”

His publicist added, “Ricky is a beautiful soul, and we hope that the same people who came up whippin’ and nay naying with him, continue to support him and lifted in prayer!!.”

As previously reported, Silento, known for his hit song “Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae),” was arrested and booked at the DeKalb County Jail yesterday evening for felony murder. He was taken into custody by the DeKalb County Police Department, who confirmed via Twitter that the 34-year-old man that was killed was Silento’s cousin, Frederick Rooks.

Law enforcement says that Rooks sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his face and arms. There were also eight shell casings found where Rooks’ body was laying in the roadway in the Panthersville-area of Georgia.

The incident took place on Jan. 21, just two days before Silento’s birthday on Jan. 23.

Last September, Silento was arrested for a domestic dispute in Santa Ana, Calif. The next day, he was taken into custody by the LAPD after entering a random home wielding a hatchet while looking for his girlfriend. He fled the scene but was apprehended blocks away from the home.

The following month, Silento was arrested on numerous driving-related offense in Atlanta after getting pulled over for speeding over 140 MPH.

In 2019, Silento ppeared on the TV show The Doctors to discuss his battle with depression for 21 years. He admitted on the show that he was born with the drugs weed, cocaine, heroine and pills in his system. The rapper said he witnessed family members talking to walls and try to kill each other. “I have felt like I been depressed my whole life,” he said on the show.

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