Alabama TikTok star Ophelia Nichols’ son Randon Lee is shot dead in Alabama pleads for help gunman
An Alabama TikTok influencer begs for help tracking down her teenage son’s killer a day before he turned 19.
Ophelia Nichols, who has seven million followers, posted a video in which she desperately asked for help to find son Randon Lee’s killer.
“It will be known and I have to let everyone know. I’m doing this video for a reason. I’ve never asked any of you for anything, but I need your help with this,” Nichols began in tears.
Today would have been my baby’s 19th birthday. My son was murdered. He was shot and I have a hatred in my heart that I don’t recognize, because I’ve never felt hatred for anyone before,” she continued with pain in her face.
“This person has taken my son’s life and I know they are right there in my town. They live and breathe out there and my son is dead. He was just 18 years old. That’s the best part of anyone’s life, and I know they’re out there in my town. They’re out there,” she said, referring to his killer.
“I want you to look at my son. This is my son. And you took it from me,” Nichols said, sobbing.
“Someone knows who did this to my child and I’m asking for someone’s help. Help someone,” she said before the video stopped.
Alabama TikTok influencer Ophelia Nichols has pleaded tearfully for help track down her son’s killer after he was shot and killed in his car on Friday
Randon Lee, 18, was murdered around 7:45 am in Prichard, near Mobile
Randon Lee died a day before his 19th birthday. He was found dead in his car at a gas station
The heartbreaking video was a huge departure from the kind of material she normally posts on the social media platform, with Nichols normally posting upbeat, upbeat videos of herself delivered with Southern charm.
Her posts cover everything from family gatherings to sharing a new recipe or sharing beauty tips.
Nichols said her son was shot at an Exxon gas station around 7:45 a.m. Friday. He then drove to a second station, Energizer, in the town of Prichard, Alabama, near Mobile, where he was found to have died of his injuries.
Her heartbreaking plea has already managed to rack up nearly 19 million views in one day, with some locals offering their support and assistance in the comments section.
‘People talk. People are talking so I wanted that video to be seen because if the person who did this to my son can see what he did to our family. He took my son from me. My son,” Nichols said.
Her son would have celebrated his 19th birthday on Saturday.
‘Just been told we have a trail of 2 people. I hope they see this video and know what they did to my family,” she wrote in an update in the comments to her tear-jerking video.
Nichols, who has seven million followers, shared the news of her heartbreak in a video that has now been viewed 19 million times. She is pictured here with a photo of her son
Ophelia told the local station NBC12 that she found it difficult to do nothing and hoped that the police would track down those responsible.
“You have to sit back and hope and pray that they do what needs to be done so that the person or people who did this to my baby get behind bars. You have no choice but to wait here,’ she said.
“I spoke to him around 10 a.m. yesterday morning to tell him I had his money for his birthday. He looked forward to it. Just hanging out with his friends and girlfriend. His family was his life,” she added.
She said there was some solace in the fact that her son was an organ donor and that part of him will live on with his organs transplanted into others.
Ophelia’s shock quickly turned to sadness and now to anger.
‘I have a hatred in my heart that I don’t recognize. Because I’ve never felt hatred for anyone,” she said.
No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation continues. The motive behind the murder remains unclear.
Anyone with information can contact the Prichard Police Department at 251-452-7800 or the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office at 251-574-8633.