“Swavy TikTok passed away”: that was the news that spread on the internet like wildfire. The TikTok user BabyFace.S, also known as Swavy, was dead, according to a video and post from an influencer friend, Damaury Mikula, on social media. You can watch the video below, in which a teary-eyed Mikula says that Swavy has died.
Wilmington, Delaware, police confirmed in a news release on July 6 that the victim of a fatal shooting on July 5, 2021, in that city was Matima Miller, which according to Inside Eko is the real name of Swavy. The motive and suspect have not been released.
The social media influencer and TikTok star had more than 2.3 million followers on the latter platform, where he went by the handle BabyFace.S. His most recent video has more than 3 million views. As reports of his death exploded on Twitter, some people said they were crying because they found the news so sad. “Rip Swavy I ain’t even know u buh I know u changed peoples lives by making them smile,” wrote one fan on Twitter.
What was Swavy’s cause of death? How did BabyFace.S die? On YouTube, where he goes by Kid Maury, a distraught Mikula said, “Rest up brother. I just want to tell you what happened and everything, you might not know. My homeboy named Swavy died. … I’m not going to tell his real name on here … but yeah man … he got shot, and I just want to let you all know that I’m about to take over for that n****. All he did was make vids. … He’s real as hell. Real, real. As soon as we seen each other bro, we was locked in straight like that. … He keeps everything real. To see him get taken out, just like, it makes no sense. It makes no sense.”
Mikula and Miller have appeared in videos together.
Mikula started crying in the video, which has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. “I literally just texted him … literally right before it happened. They said it happened Monday. I love you n****. I know you’re up there looking down. I know I look stupid right now, but I don’t care.”
Inside Eko reported that Swavy “was killed in a shooting that occurred Monday near the 700 block of Elbert Place.” Authorities said Miller was the victim of a shooting in that block.
Swavy’s last video on TikTok came on Sunday, July 4, 2021. The comment thread is filled with people hoping the news of his death is not true. “1-10😅 if you like them which one would you say Is #1 for you?… #Fyp,” the caption says.
@babyface.s1-10😅 if you like them which one would you say Is ##1 for you?… ##Fyp♬ audio made by shovvxaa – kai
The medical examiner’s spokeswoman, Heather Pepper, directed Heavy to Wilmington police for information about the investigation.
On TikTok, Swavy gained immense popularity posting dancing videos.
@babyface.sWhole mall watching us and we TURNT UP ON THE SCENE🤣🔥 @famouswooda @datboybrock ##Fyp♬ original sound – Babyboy_sbb
Another fan wrote under Mikula’s YouTube video, “I’m not used to commenting on things like that but Swavy was a really good person even though we saw him through our phones. He brought good vibes, he was not a problematic and he was always cheerful. I loved him so much and I’m so sad that he passed away. He will forever be remembered. We’ll never forget you and we’ll always be your supporters. We send you our prayers but also to your family. We luv u forever.❤️❤️❤️”
Here’s what you need to know:
Miller’s Friend Wrote, ‘Long Live Swavy’
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Fellow social media influencer Mikula also confirmed the death in an Instagram post on July 5, writing, “This s*** so unreal 😢 I love you n**** I swear imma go so hard with this social media shii for you I’m never letting up I know you resting in heaven fam 🖤 you was one of the realest n***** I came across from the jump, love you bro 🖤‼️ LONG LIVE SWAVY 🕊🖤.”
People on social media alleged early on that Swavy was shot July 5 in what the Delaware News Journal reported was a shooting at Elbert Place, “where a network of low-rise housing is clustered and Elbert Park is across the street.”
The outlet reported that the victim was shot in the Southbridge neighborhood and died at the hospital.
Of that shooting, Wilmington Police said in a press release, “Wilmington Police are investigating a fatal shooting incident that occurred at approximately 10:42 a.m. in the 700 block of Elbert Place. Police located a 19-year-old male gunshot victim, who was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. This incident remains under investigation and further details will be released when possible. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Mackenzie Kirlin at (302) 576-3653.”
People Offered Tributes to Miller on Social Media
People offered tributes in the comment thread under Mikula’s post. Here are some of them:
“You can be here one day and gone the next.”
“Dats crazy bra. I was just watching y’all vids together🙏🏾.”
“Spread his name out 🙌🏽‼️ LONG LIVE SWAVY 🖤🕊”
“rest in peace, fly high.”
“please say this is a joke.”
A fan wrote on Twitter, “Yo this s*** crazy I was just watching Swavy on TikTok last night and he was gone this morning tht’s really sad for the ppl tht need him.”
A woman wrote on Facebook, “WhY does guns exists 🥺🥺. MY FAVORITE TIKTOKER IS GONEEE 💔 i didn’t wanna believe it buhh seeing it all over the internet sucks 😔 ik I don’t know him personally but he was a great person to his supports and friends & a great influence to all , such a happy energetic person😔. But god called him home today R.I.P SWAVY 💔🙏🏾🙏🏾 gonna miss watchin his videos 🥺.”