Swavy, a famous TikToker, was shot and killed in Delaware Monday morning. The 19-year-old social media sensation, who’s known to fans on TikTok as Babyface.S, was fatally shot in the Southbridge neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware on Monday, though authorities have not officially identified the body.
Swavy’s death was confirmed by YouTube star Damaury “Kid Maury” Mikula, who announced the tragic shooting via his YouTube channel to more than 600,000 subscribers. During the teary confessional, Kid Maury admitted that he watched Swavy, whose real name is Matima Miller, “get taken out” and that it “don’t make no sense.” Damaury Mikula does not reveal what happened to his friend but says he was shot and killed on Monday.
Police responded to the Delaware shooting after a 10:42 a.m. emergency call, and authorities found a young man with a single gunshot wound. Officials have not identified the victim and have not revealed where he was shot. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The nature of the shooting is unclear and a motive has not been identified.
The incident, which occurred at the 700 block of Elbert Place, is still being investigated and authorities are trying to determine what happened. Support for Swavy can be seen across the internet, throughout TikTok, YouTube, and even his much smaller Instagram account.
Heartfelt comments filled Kid Maury’s announcement video, in which he declared that he would “take over” for his friend, Swavy, who did nothing but “make vids… vids, vids, vids, vids,” and went “up, up, up, up.” During the reveal, Damaury Mikula wiped tears out of his eyes with his red T-shirt and explained that his “homeboy Swavy” was “real” and that they hit it off as soon as they met each other.
By the end of the video, Mikula broke down completely, though he said he wouldn’t “sit here and cry.” He concluded, saying that “I love you, my n—a. Dead ass, bro. I know you can’t hear in the real world right now but you’re up there looking down. I’m about to go hard for you, bro … You were so innocent.”
Swavy, whose TikTok account Babyface.S has over 2.6 million followers, has garnered nearly 100 million “likes” on the social media platform. His content shows off hilarious TikTok dances, paintball wars, and other relatable videos that make people smile.
One of his fans explained on Twitter: “I ain’t even know u… I know u changed people’s lives by making them smile and I’m sorry this happened to you.” The young star was 19-years-old and had a large following across multiple social media platforms. Even his much-smaller Instagram account has over 382,000 followers.
His most recent post, which shows Swavy, at what looks like a Wawa gas station, making a heart with his fingers. He captioned the post, “turning up on a hatin n—a every chance that I get.” That post has more than 300,000 likes and thousands of comments that send love and support for Swavy and his family.
Swavy’s last TikTok video, which was posted just before his death, has over 5 million views as of midday Tuesday. Of the 160,000 comments, many acknowledge the star’s death, with commenters filling the feed with “fly high,” in support of his content and mark on the platform.
There has been no additional information released regarding Monday’s shooting. Police have yet to identify Matima Miller as the victim, though the social media star has not posted on his feed since the incident.
The fatal shooting is the 16th homicide in Wilmington this year and brings the total number of shootings to 82 so far this year. At the same time last year, 73 people in Wilmington were shot, 11 of whom died.
“This hit hard,” one YouTuber commented on Kid Maury’s emotional video. “RIP Swavy deserved better, but you and we the fans will keep his legacy alive.”