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Alabama TikTok star Mama Tot shares grief as she turns herself in for killing her son in weed deal


Alabama TikTok star Mama Tot shared her grief and frustration on the social media platform on Friday, telling her 8.7 million followers how she feels after the man accused of fatally shooting his son in a botched pot deal turned himself in and was charged with murder.

Ophelia Nichols, the social media star’s real name, told how she felt a sense of grief when she first saw a photo of Reuben Gulley, 20, who Prichard police say in Alabama, shot his son, Randon Lee, 19, at a local gas station.

“I’m not happy,” she said. “When I saw this photo last night I was like, ‘My God, it’s just a baby.

She said she saw comments online from the suspect’s teachers saying “he was a lovely young man”.

Randon Lee, 19, seen here, was a small-time pot dealer in Prichard, Alabama, when he was shot dead in a botched drug deal at a gas station

TikTok star Ophelia Nichols said the pair had a lot in common, like mothers who would do anything for them

Randon Lee, 19, the son of Ophelia Nichols, seen here holding a wad of cash.  He was selling weed when he was shot at a gas station

Randon Lee, 19, the son of Ophelia Nichols, seen here holding a wad of cash. He was selling weed when he was shot at a gas station

“I will be what he was,” she said. “It made me think in 11 seconds that he had made the decision to waste his life.”

Nichols said she found commonalities between Gulley’s life and that of her son.

“There’s one thing he and my baby had in common and that’s they both have a mother who would do absolutely anything for them,” she said, choking back tears. “So remember there are two families that are hurting. We are two.

Gulley, of Saraland, Alabama, went to Mobile County Jail on Thursday on a warrant for Lee’s murder.

Randon Lee, 19, seen here with his mother, TikTok star Mama Tot, aka Ophelia Nichols

Randon Lee, 19, seen here with his mother, TikTok star Mama Tot, aka Ophelia Nichols

Lee, who had just turned 19, was a small local pot dealer who had previously sold weed in Gulley.

But on the night of June 24, surveillance footage shows Lee encountering his killer, with each pulling up to a gas pump in their respective cars.

One of the suspects, whom police believe to be Gulley, can be seen getting into Lee’s car where he fired the fatal shot.

He then got back into his own vehicle before speeding off.

Randon Lee died a day before his 19th birthday.  He was found dead in his car at a gas station

Randon Lee died a day before his 19th birthday. He was found dead in his car at a gas station

TikTok star Mama Tot aka Ophelia Nichols said she realized people were entertained by the story of her slain son

TikTok star Mama Tot aka Ophelia Nichols said she realized people were entertained by the story of her slain son

After being shot, Lee managed to get to another gas station, where he died, Prichard Police said Detective Jason Hadaway.

“We know at this time that Mr. Lee had a relationship in regards to selling to different people. These two people had already bought from him in the past, ”said the detective.

Lee was not on the local police radar as someone known to deal drugs.

“We know at this time that Mr. Lee had a relationship in regards to selling to different people.  These two had bought him in the past,' Detective Jason Hadaway said

“We know at this time that Mr. Lee had a relationship in regards to selling to different people. These two had bought him in the past,’ Detective Jason Hadaway said

We did everything we could to keep him on track, but last year everyone thought he was because he was doing so well,” Nichols said. “But (this) does not give anyone the right to shoot my son. That’s all I know.’

She said one of the most painful things was hearing her son’s judgments from people in the community.

“What really hurt me was when all this came out, it was people in my town – people I grew up with, who shop in the same stores as them – did such terrible comments about my baby,” she said.

“I thought, why? You don’t even know him. Then I thought, “Lord, I hope she doesn’t go through this,” Nichols said, referring to Gulley’s mother. She shook her head a little her lip.

“I don’t wish that on anyone. It was really difficult for me,” she said. “None of our children should have been there that night. Neither of them.

I know the road to justice is going to be a long one,” Nichols said. “And I hope it’s done well.

In another TikTok video posted later Friday, she sits in her car and expresses her frustration at the attention she is receiving over Gulley’s arrest and the entertainment value it has for some followers.

“My Baby’s Life is not some funny gossip story that happened in some funny little town a month ago that we can laugh about today. It was my child’s life and my child was murdered.

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