TikTok star Ophelia Nichols' son was killed a day before his 19th birthday. Now she's mobilizing millions of TikTok followers to help find the shooter.

  • Alabama-based influencer Ophelia Nichols said her son was killed a day before his 19th birthday.

  • Nichols appealed to her millions of followers for information relating to the shooting.

  • Fans have been sharing the news and have helped raise over $280,000 for Nichols on GoFundMe.

Ophelia Nichols, a TikTok influencer based in Alabama, tearfully asked her followers to help find the person who killed her son in a video posted on June 25.

The TikToker, who has 7.3 million followers, said her son, Randon Lee, was shot and killed a day before his 19th birthday in the video. She has received 19.3 million views and more than 400,000 comments of support and condolences.


You will be found! You will reap what you sow in this world. You may not be caught now but its coming. I hope you see my sons face eveyday of your life

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"I need your help with this. There's almost 7 million people that follow me. Somebody's gotta know something. 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," she said in the video, adding, "I have this hatred in my heart that I don't recognize because I've never felt hate for anybody."

The influencer, who could be seen crying in the video, went on to say, "somebody knows who did this to my child," asking anyone with information to come forward.

Nichols put an on-screen caption on the video that read, "I will not stop until my son's murderer is found and prosecuted."

Randon Lee was shot at a gas station in Prichard, Alabama, on June 24, according to a report by Fox10 News. The outlet reported that Prichard police are continuing to investigate the incident.

The Prichard Police Department did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

@shoelover99 #answer to @totallynotmia_3 #eatwithme #picnic #alone There is a lot of hurt in this world. Ppl come to my page to get some form of comfort. I only wish i had that years ago. ♥️#lunch #food ♬ original sound - Distant Cowboy

Nichols' TikTok followers refer to the creator as "Mama Tot," as she is known for sharing motherly advice with her followers, who she refers to as her "tater tots." Many of these followers send Nichols requests, asking her to support them with a difficult life or family situation, and the TikToker usually responds by addressing her video to them and offering comforting words.

Followers have responded to Nichols' recent appeal by posting videos about the news on TikTok and encouraging anyone who might have information to speak out. The hashtag #JusticeForRandon, under which many of these videos have been posted, currently has 18.8 million views on the app.

In one such video, which has 4.5 million views, a TikToker can be heard saying, "For all the times that Mama Tot was there for us, we have to be there for her now."

On her Facebook page, Nichols has posted several statements thanking her followers for their kind messages and support over the past few days.

She has also used Facebook to share links to a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Lee's funeral costs, where followers have been writing condolences and thanking the influencer for the "support" she has given them on the app.

According to the website, more than 10,000 people have currently donated to the page, raising $281,505. It has currently raised over $280,000.

Nichols did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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