A young TikTok star has been shot to death and now his family is working toward justice for the teen.
Matima Miller, known as “Swavy,” was shot to death in Wilmington, Delaware on the morning after July 4, according to a police press release. He was just 19 years old.
His mother was present during the shooting.
“I’m mentally going through it because I seen it. I seen my son shot down in the street like that,” Chanelle Clark, the star’s mom told local outlet KYW-TV,. “Y’all don’t know what I’m going through.”
In a statement on Instagram, his family noted that they cannot provide much information about what happened because of legal reasons. They did say though that “he was taken away from us due to a senseless act of gun violence” and that they are “working diligently to get justice for Swavy.”
Police have not named any suspects or persons of interest.
The teen had more than 2 million followers on TikTok. He was known for his dance moves, humor, skits and fashion.
“He was a star. He is a star. We always knew he was a star. He was bigger than life,” Rahkim Clark, Swavy’s brother, told KYW-TV.
In the wake of Swavy’s death, talk show host Wendy Williams has been slammed by Swavy’s family and social media users alike for her response to it.
On Wednesday’s episode of “The Wendy Williams Show,” she stated “I have no idea who this is” before noting that he has more TikTok followers than her.
“Aw, all those followers,” she said. “Yeah, that’s really tragic.”
Clark expressed her outrage to KYW-TV.
“Y’all, like as a mother, Wendy Williams, how dare you? So disrespectful,” she said. “I used to watch you as a child and even though you have a gossip show and all that, you didn’t even know my son.”
The family told TMZ that they’d like an apology.
Meanwhile, they continue to mourn Swavy.
“This is just the beginning, we will forever keep his name alive and continue his legacy!” his family wrote in their statement.