SILENTO battled depression before he allegedly murdered his cousin.
The rapper, whose real name is Richard Lamar Hawk, 23, was charged with murder in the January 21 fatal shooting of his cousin Frederick Rooks, 34, according to the DeKalb County Police Department.
Since his arrest, an interview Silento did with The Drs in 2019 has resurfaced.
Judy Ho, PhD, who is a board-certified clinical psychologist, discussed what she believed the artist had been suffering with.
“You’ve been suffering from depression for a very long time and it’s been really significant for you at times,” Ho said.
“He does meet criteria for major depressive disorder and you’ve had those times where it was dark and you’ve even thought about hurting yourself and possibly taking your own life.”
She went on to suggest that the rapper was not only suffering with depression.
“This is a huge deal and not only do you have major depressive disorder you also suffer from post trauma stress symptoms, and you struggle with issues of abandonment and identity,” she said.
“All of the things that can happen when you’ve been exposed to trauma for such a long time and from such a young age.”
Police found Rooks with several gunshot wounds in Panthersville, Georgia, which is about 10 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Surveillance video captured at least one gunshot and several vehicles driving away from the site, an incident report stated.
Cops found eight bullet casings at the scene. The motive of the shooting is still not clear.
Following the shooting, investigators said it appeared that Rooks knew the residents at one of the homes on Deep Shoals Circle, where they found his body.
“I think it is connected to this house,” DeKalb police Lt Rod Bryant told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time.
“We’re still doing a little bit more investigation. The people in the house know him, but he really don’t live there, so we’re trying to see what’s going on.”
Silento is best known for the song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” which was released in 2015.
He is being held in DeKalb County Jail.
Hawk got into trouble with law enforcement on more than one occasion last year.
In August, the rapper allegedly broke into a house in Los Angeles holding a hatchet while looking for his girlfriend.
The following month, he was arrested in connection with the incident and charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
In October, Hawk was arrested for allegedly driving 143 miles per hour.
According to the incident report, Hawk said: “If there is like 10 cars following me, I can do 143 because I am not a regular person, and you could go look on your computer and it would tell you that.”
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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