What we know about the Wilmington shooting death of TikTok star Matima Miller

Jeff Neilburg, Amanda Fries, Esteban Parra - Delaware News Journal

Matima Miller, known online by the name Swavy, has been identified as the victim of a Monday morning homicide in Wilmington's Southbridge neighborhood.


n the hours after Miller's death, many on the internet reacted with sadness, saying the dancing TikTok star Swavy had been shot and killed even before police identified the victim. Miller's TikTok account, @babyface.s, has more than 2.5 million followers, and an Instagram account linked to Miller has more than 370,000 followers.

Police responded to the 700 block of Elbert Place at about 10:42 a.m. Monday and found the 19-year-old Miller with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital, where he died, police said.

Popular YouTube user, Kid Maury, shared a video Monday night to his more than 600,000 subscribers, saying his friend Swavy had been shot and killed.

Miller's last TikTok video, posted late Sunday or early Monday, had nearly 5 million views as of Tuesday morning, with more than 160,000 comments, many acknowledging his death.

"Fly high," many commenters wrote.

Commenters Monday and Tuesday on Miller's last Instagram post, a picture taken at what appears to be a Wawa, were wishing the same.

Miller's TikTok page featured many videos of him dancing and playing paintball.

Wilmington police have not released any additional information about the Monday morning shooting as of early Tuesday, other than to confirm Miller's identity.

Miller's family declined to speak with reporters Tuesday.

There were still signs that something tragic had occurred in the 700 block of Elbert Place early Tuesday morning.

Blue and silver mylar balloons were tethered to a metal pole that had a section of yellow crime tape tied to it. Not far from that, a longer strand of the crime tape snaked through the shrubs and lawns of the homes.

A bouquet of blue and white flowers accompanied 22 lit candles placed outside a door of a house on Elbert Place. More than a dozen white tealight candles were also on the doorway’s landing.

A person watching from a second-story window quickly dropped out of sight when reporters tried to get their attention.

A man and woman walked by looking at the candles but didn’t want to speak. They said they didn’t know what had happened.

“It’s sad,” said another woman who’d walked out of her home. “It’s a loss for our community.”

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