TikTok star mourns the murder of her son and asks followers for help

Mobile, Alabama - Ophelia Nichols made a name for herself on TikTok by being full of attitude and cheer, but on Saturday, she posted an altogether more somber video as she took to the platform to ask for help in finding her son's killers.

Ophelia Nichols (40) sand her son Randon Lee (†18).
Ophelia Nichols (40) sand her son Randon Lee (†18).  © Facebook/Screenshot/Ophelia Nichols

Nichols has a whopping seven million fans who follow the 40-year-old mother of four follow for her funny videos, uplifting words, and joyful content.

But the mother of four's latest video is heartbreaking. In it, she shares some horrific news: her 18-year-old son, Randon Lee, was shot and killed.

"Today would have been my baby child’s 19th birthday. But he was took from me last night," Ophelia said through tears. "My son was murdered. He was shot."

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ABC affiliate WKRN reported that the young man was shot and killed Friday night at an Exxon gas station in Prichard, Alabama.

Ophelia found it hard to sit and wait for the investigation, so she turned to TikTok to plead for aid.

"I ain't never asked y'all for anything, but I need your help with this," she cried."There's almost seven million people that follow me somebody gotta know something."

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Ophelia Nicholas has seven million followers on TikTok.
Ophelia Nicholas has seven million followers on TikTok.  © Bildmontage: Instagram/Screenshot/ophelianichols

In her video, which has 19.5 million views, Ophelia addresses the person who killed her son directly: "I have this hatred in my heart that I don't recognize, cuz I’ve never felt hate for anybody."

She also promised that she "will not stop until [her] sons murder is found and prosecuted."

"He was only 18 years old, that's the best part of somebody's life," the influencer tearfully said.

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Sunday, in the comments, Ophelia wrote that law enforcement has a lead on two individuals.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can contact the Prichard Police Department at 251-452-7800 or the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office at 251-574-8633.

Cover photo: Collage: Screenshot/Facebook/Ophelia Nichols & TikTok/shoelover99

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