A TikToker whose 18-year-old son was shot to death asked fans not to 'think badly' of him after police said he was selling drugs at the time
- Randon Lee, the son of
TikTokstar Ophelia Nichols, was shot dead in Alabama on June 24.
- Police said Lee was selling
marijuanato two individuals when the shooting happened.
Ophelia Nichols, a TikTok star with 7.6 million followers, has requested that people not "think badly" of her son, who local police say was shot to death while selling narcotics.
Randon Lee, Nichols' 18-year-old son, was killed at a gas station in Prichard, Alabama, a day before his 19th birthday on June 24, according to Fox10 News. During a press conference on June 27, Prichard Police Department Detective Jason Hadaway said Lee was selling marijuana to two individuals at the time of the shooting.
Marijuana is classified in Alabama as a controlled substance and its sale and possession for recreational use is currently illegal.
Nichols, who is known for offering advice to her younger fanbase in TikTok videos, asked people not to judge her son in a written Facebook statement posted on June 28, which now has more than 250,000 likes.
"Please don't think badly of my son for the circumstances of how he was taken. We are not ashamed of him, and never will be. When I was 18, I made poor choices myself," she wrote, adding, "No one's life should be taken over marijuana or anything else."
The influencer, who is known as Mama Tot among her fans, also posted a TikTok on June 28, addressing Lee's death.
"When your children live out on their own and pay their own bills and they have a good job, it just don't cross your mind that they would be doing anything to get themselves into trouble," she said in the video, explaining that Lee had gone through a difficult time due to his father passing away, but seemed to be doing well over the past year.
@shoelover99 ♬ original sound - ophelia
"We've been told that the detectives think that marijuana was being dealed, and my son was meeting there, and either they tried to rob him or they did rob him," she added in the TikTok, which has 5.8 million views. "He comes from good people, and he comes from a good family and a good home."
Commenters under the video were supportive of Nichols, saying that Lee did not deserve to get shot, no matter the circumstances of the incident, and that they do not judge him or Nichols.
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♬ original sound - ophelia
Previously, on June 25, Nichols appealed to her followers in a TikTok video, asking them to help her identify the person who shot her son.
"There's almost 7 million people that follow me. Somebody's gotta know something," she said in the TikTok, which received 25.6 million views.
Followers responded by sharing the
During the press conference, Detective Hadaway said the police are aware of Nichols' TikTok following and encouraged her followers to come forward.
"All those followers could help by calling in if they have any information. Any slight minuscule information that we get is good to follow up on. It may lead to nothing, however, it may lead to something as well," he said.
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