Swavy, dancing TikTok star with millions of followers, shot dead at 19
Matima Miller, the dancing TikTok star better known as Swavy and Babyface.S, has died. He was 19 years old.
The Delaware-based teen’s passing was confirmed Tuesday by authorities, who told The Post he was fatally gunned down in broad daylight Monday in the Southbridge neighborhood of Wilmington.
“The victim in this incident has been identified as Matima Miller,” according to the Wilmington Police Department report. “This incident remains under investigation and further details will be released when possible.”
Officers responded to an emergency call at about 10:42 a.m. Monday. They didn’t specify where the victim was wounded but said he was “transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
YouTube star Damaury “Kid Mauri” Mikula mourned the death of his “homeboy Swavy” in an emotional video posted Monday. “Yeah, my friend Swavy, man — he got shot,” Mikula revealed, wiping tears from his eyes with his red T-shirt. “All he did was make videos — vids, vids, vids, going up, up, up, up.”
Miller had over 2.3 million followers on TikTok, where his username was @babyface.s. — but fans knew him by his nickname, Swavy. The teen regularly posted dancing videos, paintball sessions, memes and comedy bits, accumulating nearly 100 million likes on the platform as of Tuesday morning. He boasted another 401,000 followers on Instagram as @oneway.swavy.
Fans and friends took to social media to mourn the death of the young star.
Appearing to struggle for words, YouTuber Mikula eventually said: “Seeing him get taken out. Don’t make me say this, bro. It don’t make no sense.”
Breaking down in tears, Mikula concluded: “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.”
As news of Miller’s death swept the web overnight, one fan posted to Twitter: “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 u.”
Monday morning’s fatal shooting brings the total homicides in Wilmington this year to 16, Delaware Online reported. The city has had 82 shootings so far this year. During the same period last year, 73 people had been shot in Wilmington, 11 fatally.