Who was Swavy? TikToker, 19, shot dead in Delaware, fans say 'jealousy' motive for murder
Swavy, whose real name was Matima Miller, died on July 5, according to one of his closest friends Damaury Mikula
SOUTHBRIDGE, DELAWARE: TikTok star Swavy was reportedly shot to death in Delaware on Monday, July 5. There was an outpouring of grief-laden tributes from fans on social media once the news spread online.
The 19-year-old dancer, real name Matima Miller, was known for posting comedy videos and garnered millions of followers on social media, according to HITC. Damaury Mikula, one of Swavy's closest friends, confirmed to the outlet that he died on Monday, July 5. Wilmington law enforcement had previously revealed that a 19-year-old man was fatally shot on July 5, although they did not identify the victim, Delaware Online reported.
Officers responded to the Southbridge neighborhood at about 10.42 am on July 5 and found the victim with a gunshot wound. Authorities neither revealed where the victim was shot nor disclosed his name or identity. However, his pal Mikula confirmed in a YouTube video that Swavy, also known as "Babyface.S", was taken to hospital where he died because of the fatal injury.
While the family is yet to release a statement addressing the tragedy, fans have inundated social media with posts about the late TikTok star.
"It’s always the good ones… RIP Swavy you won't be forgotten but at least we know he’s not gonna be in any more pain Condolences to all his family and close friends," one fan wrote.
"Rip Swavy I ain’t even know u but I know u changed peoples lives by making them smile and I’m sorry this happened to you gee I can’t even believe this is happening," another added.
"Fly High Swavy …gon but never forgotten. I love watching your videos and I will still continue to, but for now, rest high love. #LLS #LLS," a third chimed in. "On the fourth of July the famous swavy died, he died by a gunshot he was just an 18-year-old making TikTok and YouTube videos for fun he didn't deserve to die yet......R.I.P swavy," a fourth noted.
"I’m lost of words rn swavy bruh you was my favorite TikToker y will forever be missed ur vibe on TikTok was everything not only that but ur smile to we’re gonna miss the airport videos and the videos with the gang and everything we love you swavy you rest in paradise love #LLS," another fan wrote. "Rip Babyface.s one of the only big creators I have seen make it out of Delaware shits crazy rest up babyface swavy," one commented. "Ain’t no way bruh he was soo goofy and nice. all he did was dance to be around ppl he loved. #LLS R.I.P swavy," another added.
It’s always the good ones… RIP SWAVY YOU WONT BE FORGOTTEN but at least we know he’s not gonna be in anymore pain 💔😞💞 Condolences to all his family and close friends pic.twitter.com/Ynf2BZixZI— 🧚🏾♀️ (@_Sinc3r3ly) July 5, 2021
Rip Swavy 💔😡I ain’t even know u buh I know u changed peoples lives by making them smile and I’m sorry this happened to uu ghee 💔💔🥺I can’t even believe this is happening 🥺 pic.twitter.com/Kpy0gkgL18— Lovelythreads😍💕! (@Bxrbiethreads1) July 5, 2021
On the fourth of July the famous swavy died, he died by a gun shot he was jus a 18 year old making tiktok and YouTube videos for fun he didn't deserve to die yet......R.I.P swavy 😭🕊️🕊️ pic.twitter.com/qTdREx90Xw— Shawnteona Gayle (@GayleShawnteona) July 6, 2021
I’m lost of words rn swavy bruh you was my favorite tiktoker y will forever be missed ur vibe on TikTok was everything not only that but ur smile to we’re gonna miss the airport videos and the videos with the gang and everything we love you swavy you rest in paradise love💔 #LLS pic.twitter.com/qBnwY9KYLM— Daniela (@Daniela21082912) July 6, 2021
Rip Babyface.s 💔 one of the only big creators i seen make it out of Delaware shits crazy rest up babyface swavy— Ermi DF 🇪🇷 (@ErmiWermi) July 6, 2021
While fans are speculating that Swavy's murder may have stemmed from "jealousy," police are yet to establish a motive for the shooting and an investigation is currently underway. Swavy boasted more than 2.3 million followers on TikTok and over 350,000 followers on Instagram.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call Mackenzie Kirlin at (302) 576-3653 or contact Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or delawarecrimestoppers.com