Since his viral hit fame, things have taken a downward turn for rapper Silentó. But the latest news about the star is the most shocking yet...
The singer has been charged with murder.
And as more details arise, people have been left utterly shaken by the news.
Now, for those who don't know, Richard Lamar Hawk was born in 1998.
But he's much better known as Silentó or Prince Silentó.
He's a rapper and singer.
With one hit that he's by far best known for.
'Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)' was an anthem of 2015.
It was his debut single and charted at 2 in the Billboard Hot 100.
The song propelled Hawkins into fame.
He performed at the BET Awards in 2015 and again in 2016 in Times Square for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
But since this one hit, things have taken a downturn for the star.
And the latest news is the most disturbing yet.
He was first arrested in August of 2020.
Police were called to his apartment following a domestic disturbance.
He was charged with "inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant."
He was released, but the very next day he was arrested once more.
This time, Hawkins had walked into a residence wielding a hatchet, looking for his girlfriend.
Extremely worrying stuff.
He was next arrested in October 2020.
This time for reckless driving - reportedly at 143 mph.
But on February 1st, Hawkins was arrested once more.
This time, the crime was murder - and the internet is absolutely horrified.
@XXL We should've known something like this would happen after he did this https://t.co/kyvJQvKGr6— Billy Mishima Amogus (@Billy Mishima Amogus)1612232360.0
@XXL Now watch me whip! 😜 👊/||\_ _/¯ ¯\_ Now watch me commit aggravated assault and homicide 👋… https://t.co/Y70DMAJUSl— Dolan Dark (@Dolan Dark)1612231471.0
y’all it’s the first day of black history month and Silento went and killed his cousin https://t.co/y0JWtUEKfQ— nollywood babe (@nollywood babe)1612229665.0
@ajc For someone named silento he really be movin like this https://t.co/lkLBxGOxnx— 𝙂𝙞𝙯𝙢𝙤🪐 (@𝙂𝙞𝙯𝙢𝙤🪐)1612229811.0
@ajc After this happened he should’ve been sent somewhere, because something obviously wasn’t right with him https://t.co/rPk20nbE4c— 444 stan account (@444 stan account)1612228732.0
@ajc silento been anything but silent these days I swear— King Wow (@King Wow)1612227772.0
@ajc all them people in the back finna be ashamed they was dancing with a murderer 😂😂— 𝓑𝓻4𝓿𝓮 𝔀𝓪𝓼 𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮 FB (@𝓑𝓻4𝓿𝓮 𝔀𝓪𝓼 𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮 FB)1612228022.0
Silento’s story will go down in music history as the hardest decline for a one hit wonder. He reached fame at a you… https://t.co/EIt8FekylB— Dedee 🥀 (@Dedee 🥀)1612230129.0
My heart & condolences goes out to everyone that was affected by Silento. I hope the victims heal and Silento recei… https://t.co/xVEjw6Uwj4— Dedee 🥀 (@Dedee 🥀)1612230401.0
@thoughtfulbae Was just about to say this! Silento’s been on a rapid mental health decline for a while now. At one… https://t.co/jc8eBznxa0— I Am Your Khaleesi (@I Am Your Khaleesi)1612240589.0
@thoughtfulbae Did they not think “hmm maybe we should keep this guy in prison for a while”— Jared (@Jared)1612234148.0
The DeKalb County Police Department arrested Hawkins on Monday afternoon.
"Today, Ricky Hawk, 23, was arrested for the murder of his cousin Frederick Rooks, 34," they shared.
"On January 21, the DeKalb County Police Department investigated Rooks' death after he was found shot on Deep Shoals Circle."
"Hawk is in the DeKalb County Jail charged with Murder."
The crime reportedly took place last month in Georgia.
Our thoughts are with Rooks' family at this time.