TikTok star Matima Miller, better known as Swavy and Babyface for her 2.6 million followers, was killed in a daytime shooting in Delaware.
Police were called in to a shootout at the 700 block of Elbert Place in the Southbridge neighborhood of Wilmington at around 10:42 a.m. Monday morning.
Miller, 19, was found with a gunshot wound and was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.
Police have confirmed the social media star was the victim of the shooting on Tuesday, which comes as gun crime rises in Joe Biden’s backyard and murders rise 63%.
Miller’s death marks the 16th fatal shooting in Wilmington so far this year, when there have been 82 shootings in total, Delaware Online reported. This is an increase from 11 fatal shootings and 73 in total at the same time last year.
TikTok star Matima Miller, better known as Swavy and Babyface for her 2.6 million followers, was killed in a daytime shooting in Delaware as gun crime rises in Joe Biden’s backyard
Few details have been released on the events leading up to Monday’s shooting with a Delaware Police spokesperson telling DailyMail.com that no further information was available, citing an ongoing investigation.
Candles, flowers and balloons were left in the neighborhood where the shooting took place on Tuesday.
A crime scene tape was seen attached to a metal pole and the front lawns of the house, Delaware Online reported.
Blue and white candles were lit outside one of the houses.
A local woman told the local outlet that Miller’s death was a “loss to our community”,
“It’s sad,” she said.
Miller went through the TikTok Babyface.S handle where he posted dance videos and memes to his millions of followers.
In a recent video, he is seen dancing in a mall with two friends and in a house while eating crisps from a bag.
The account appears to have been closed on Tuesday afternoon.
Miller also had 392,000 followers on his Instagram account.
In a recent video, Miller is seen dancing in a mall with two friends (above)
Police were called in to a shootout at the 700 block of Elbert Place in the Southbridge neighborhood of Wilmington at around 10:42 a.m. Monday morning. Miller above
Police confirmed the social media star was the victim of the shooting on Tuesday
Crimes in Wilmington from 2021 to June 20 compared to the same time last year:
Murder + 63%
Shooting incidents + 2%
Gunshot fatalities + 14%
Miner shooting incidents -57%
Young shooting victims -50%
Rape – 60%
Robbery – 46%
Aggravated assault -1%
Burglary – 35%
Criminal theft + 41%
Car theft – 7%
Global crime – 15%
Friends and followers online took to social media to pay homage to Miller before his identity was confirmed by the cops.
Another social media star, Kid Maury, posted an emotional YouTube video titled “Rest up Bro” on Monday, where he said on camera “my boy at home Swavy is dead”.
“He got shot and I just want you all to know that,” he said.
“All he did was make videos – videos, videos, videos, edit, edit, edit, edit. “
He added, “He’s real as hell, really real. “
Maury, who has 626,000 YouTube subscribers, said his friend was “innocent” and texted her just before it happened.
“See him get knocked out.” Don’t make me say that, my brother. It doesn’t make sense, ”he told the camera, fighting back tears.
“I literally texted her… probably right before that happened.” “
Maury broke down in tears at the end of the video and rubbed his eyes with his shirt, saying ‘everyone will know your name’.
‘I love you, my nigga. I know you’re looking up and I can look stupid now, but I don’t care about loving you, ”he said.
‘Dead ass, brother. I know you can’t hear in the real world right now, but you’re up there looking down. But I got you. I’m about to go hard for you, my brother… ‘
Few details have been released on the events leading up to Monday’s Elbert Place shooting (above a street view of the scene)
“He’s not doing anything, brother… so fucking stupid king… you were so innocent.” ”
Maury’s video had been viewed more than 928,000 times on Tuesday.
The deadly shooting comes amid an increase in murder and gun crime in Wilmington – President Biden’s hometown.
Wilmington Police Department data, which only goes back to the week ending June 20 and therefore does not include Miller’s death, shows murders have increased 63% so far this year by compared to the same period in 2020.
A total of 13 people were murdered compared to 8 at the same time last year.
Shootings have dropped from 49 to 50 year on year, while the number of gunshot fatalities has increased 14% from 59 in 2020 to 67 so far this year.
Another social media star Kid Maury posted a moving YouTube video (above) on Monday titled ‘Rest up Bro’, where he said on camera ‘my boy at home Swavy is dead’
Maury burst into tears and rubbed his eyes with his shirt saying “everyone will know your name”
However, shootings of miners fell by more than half, from 14 at the same time last year to six.
The victims of shooting by minors also dropped from 14 to 7 last year.
Overall, crime is down 15% this year compared to the same period last year.
July 4 marked a bloody weekend for America with 379 shootings and 142 people killed across the country between July 3 and July 5, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive.
Chicago was worst hit by gun violence over Independence Day weekend, with at least 92 shootings that left 16 people dead.
Anyone with information about Miller’s shooting is urged to contact Detective Mackenzie Kirlin at (302) 576-3653 or call Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or delawarecrimestoppers.org