Ophelia Nichols of TikTok appeals for answers after son was fatally shot the day before his 19th birthday


Ophelia Nichols (TikTok’s star), is affectionately known as Ophelia on the social media site. “MamaTot,” appealed to her 7 million followers for answers after her youngest child was shot dead in an act of gun violence over the weekend in Alabama.

“Today would have been my baby child’s 19th birthday, but he was took from me last night. Took from my children and my husband and our family,”Nichols posted a video from @shoelover99 via TikTok Saturday. “My son was murdered. He was shot.”

Randon Lee, 18, was shot at a gas station before driving down the street to a different gas station, where he was later found dead, Nichols told local outlet WKRN. The shooting took places in Prichard just a few minutes north of Mobile. 


Nichols, who is well-known for her Southern charm, wisdom, and love of fashion, posted a TikTok video in which she grieved. There, she also asked for help in catching the person or persons responsible for taking Randon’s life.


“There’s no guidebook on how to get through any heartbreak in life,”She spoke. “I ain’t never asked y’all for anything but I need your help with this…They’re out there, living and breathing. But my son has died.”

“He was just 18 years old, that’s the best part of somebody’s life,”She wept. Nichols also has three children. Randon was her eldest child.

She also showed Randon a photo and addressed the killer by saying, “And I want you to look at my son. Look at my son. Look at him! This is my son, and you took him from me!”

Prichard Police said that the incident is being investigated. There have been no arrests.

Anybody with information may call the Alabama Crime Investigation Hotline at 1-800-392-8011.