Arrest made in murder of TikTok star Ophelia Nichols’ son
A man was arrested Thursday and charged with murder in the death of an Alabama TikTok influencer’s son.
Reuben Gulley, 20, was booked on the charge in Mobile County in connection with the murder of Randon Lee, who was gunned down at a Prichard, Ala. gas station in June a day shy of his 19th birthday, according to local reports and jail records.
The teen had met Gulley and another suspect at the gas station that day to sell them marijuana, according to police and the victim’s mother, Ophelia Nichols.
Gulley had turned himself in to police after an arrest warrant had been issued, according to WALA-TV. The other suspect remains at large.
Nichols, known as “Mama Tot” to her 8.7 million followers, confirmed the arrest in a Friday post in which she denounced other TikTokers for talking about the development before she did.
“My baby child’s life isn’t some funny gossip story that happened in a funny small town that happened a month ago that we can laugh about it today or one of those nosy stories that I say,” said Nichols, who is known for dispensing folksy advice and positive messages on the platform.
“This is my child’s life, and my child was murdered,” she said.