Alabama TikTok star cries after son was killed the night before his birthday
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA/Gray News) – An Alabama mother and TikTok influencer is demanding answers after her son was fatally shot Friday night in Prichard, Alabama, WALA reported.
“I have this hatred in my heart that I don’t recognize,” Ophelia Nichols said in a video. “Because I’ve never felt hatred for anyone.”
Nichols runs a TikTok account under the name “shoelover99” with 7 million followers.
“I never asked you for anything, but I need your help with this,” she said. “He was only 18. It’s the best part of someone’s life, and I know they’re over there in my town. They’re over there.
Randon Lee was shot at the Exxon on St. Stephens Road. He then crossed the street near the Energizer gas station, where he died of his injuries.
It’s unclear what led to the shooting, but Nichols says investigators tell him they’re following leads.
“It’s hard because you put all your faith and hope and trust in these people and in the police department, and you have to sit down and hope and pray that they do what needs to be done so that the person or people who did this to my baby who ends up behind bars. You have no choice but to sit here and wait,” she said.
Now she is using her platform to ask for help leading to an arrest.
“People talk. People talk, so I wanted this video to be seen because if whoever did this to my son could see what he did to our family. He took my son from me. My son,” Nichols said.
Lee would have turned 19 on Saturday.
“I spoke to him yesterday morning around 10 a.m. to tell him I had his money for his birthday. He was looking forward to it. Just hanging out with his friends and his girlfriend. His family was his life,” Nichols said.
Nichols says his son was an organ donor and will even live in death helping others.
Authorities say 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.
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