A TikTok star has asked her followers to help her find out who killed her son the day before his 19th birthday.
“My son was taken from us last night by another individual at the age of 18. Today he will be 19 years old but someone decided to end it [son’s] life,” Ophelia Nichols wrote on Facebook Saturday.
Her son Randon Lee was fatally shot Friday near a gas station in Prichard, Alabama.
“They are walking around my town, living and breathing while my son is not. While my family and I are grieving a loss that no mother should feel, they are free,” she said as she shared an image of her son.
Ms Nichols wrote: “I stayed up all night with an unrecognizable hatred for the man who ended my son’s life and I can’t promise that it will go away.
“I know the days ahead are completely unpredictable but my only hope is that this person will be found and prosecuted for the murder of my son.”
Known as Mama Tot, with handle @shoelover99, Ms Nichols made the same request on TikTok. “I have almost 7 million followers. Someone must know something,” she said through tears.
While police have released some details about his murder, Ms Nichols commented on her TikTok post that authorities “have taken the lead”. [two] individual “.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up for Nichols and her family, where they have raised up to $281,505 (£230,000).