Arrested for the murder of TikTok star Ophelia Nichols’ son

A man was arrested Thursday and charged with murder in the death of the son of an Alabama TikTok influencer.

Reuben Gulley, 20, has been charged in Mobile County in connection with the murder of Randon Lee, who was gunned down at a gas station in Prichard, Alabama, a day before his 19th birthday in June, according to local reports and prison records.

The teenager had met with Gulley and another suspect at the gas station that day to sell them marijuana, according to police and the victim’s mother, Ophelia Nichols.

Rueben Lee spotted with mom Ophelia Nichols.
Randon Lee, seen with mother Ophelia Nichols, was shot dead the day before his 19th birthday.
Facebook/Ophelia Nichols

According to WALA-TV, Gulley turned himself in to the police after an arrest warrant was issued. The other suspect remains at large.

Nichols, who is known as “Mama Tot” to her 8.7million followers, confirmed the arrest in a Friday post in which she denounced other TikTokers for speaking out about the development before her.

“My little kid’s life isn’t some funny gossip story that happened a month ago in a fun little town that we can laugh about today, or one of those curious stories I tell,” said Nichols, who is known for folksy advice and positive messages on the platform.

“This is my child’s life, and my child was murdered,” she said. Arrested for the murder of TikTok star Ophelia Nichols’ son


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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