Ophelia Nichols’ son, Randon Lee, has died. The popular TikTok star, who goes by the name Mama To, confirmed the tragic news in a heartbreaking, nearly three-minute TikTok video, in which she tearfully spoke to her more than 7 million followers. She explained that the day she was filming would have been her son’s 19th birthday, but he was shot dead the night before. “My son was murdered. He was shot,” she said, asking her followers to share everything they know about what happened, while confirming that police have leads on two people who may have been involved in the horrific incident. “There are almost 7 million people who follow me. Someone has to know something,” she continued, writing in the video, “I won’t stop until my [son’s] Killer will be found and prosecuted.”
Nichols further vowed to find the culprit in the heartbreaking upload’s caption, writing: “You will be found! You will reap what you sow in this world. You might not get caught now, but [it’s] Come. I hope you see mine [son’s] face [every day] of your life.”
WKRN reported that Lee was shot dead at a gas station in Prichard, Alabama on June 24. Nichols told the local news outlet that Lee then died at a different gas station believed to be on the same street he was driving to after being shot.
As the world tries to solve the case of Randon Lee
Many people flocked to Twitter after Ophelia Nichols’ TikTok video to spread the word about Randon Lee’s death. Many Twitter users shared more information about what happened on June 24, as well as contact details for anyone with information. “Someone saw what happened. Ophelia Nichols deserves answers as to why her son was killed just before his 19th birthday. Please share,” one person tweeted. Others shared their heartbreak for Nichols and her family. “[I] I just found out that one of Mamatot’s (Ophelia Nichols) babies was murdered last night and I don’t think my heart has ever been broken for someone I didn’t really know…she is like that [an] amazing soul,” read another tweet.
A GoFundMe page was set up after Lee’s death, raising $281,505 from more than 10,000 donors before organizer Cari Polzin said on June 27 that Nichols had asked for the donations to stop. In her emotional TikTok video, Nichols shared that Lee was an organ donor and will continue to live by donating his organs to someone in need. Lee last appeared on his mom’s Instagram grid in May, when she sweetly called him “My oldest baby,” alongside a sweet snap of them together in Nashville.
Our thoughts are with Nichols and her family.