Rapper Silento Arrested For Murdering His Cousin Frederick Rooks

Thursday, 04 Feb, 2021

The crime occurred on January 21 and on Monday (1) the police posted on Twitter to report the artist's arrest.

Rapper Silento is facing murder charges for allegedly gunning down his cousin Frederick Rooks. An officer attending the scene detailed that he "felt a possible faint pulse" though by time emergency medical services arrived, Rooks was pronounced dead. At the time, the body remained unidentified with DeKalb police believing the victim was tied to the location.

Representatives for Silento have not responded to requests for a comment about the murder charge. The success of "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" inked a deal with Capitol Records, but he didn't go the homeschooling route afterwards.

Silento's publicist has released a statement following the rapper getting arrested for murdering his cousin.

A DeKalb County Police Department incident report reveals that officers found Frederick Rooks, 34, lying on a highway in Panthersville, southeast of Atlanta, about 3:30 a.m. January 21.

According to WSB-TV Atlanta, a police report said: "The driver stated that he was coming from Gwinnett and that people were following him and that he left from the club".

Silento rose to fame as a teenage rap sensation in 2015 "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Police said they now working on determining the motive for the killing of Frederick Rooks. The rapper had faced "two counts of assault with a lethal weapon with allegations of using a hatchet as a deadly and risky weapon", the report adds. He was arrested twice within two days in August 2020.

He's been releasing music ever since - and his most recent release, Swish, was released on 28 January 2021.