Ophelia Nichols, better known as “Mama Tot” to her adoring fans asked for assistance on June 25th. Mama Tot is very famous on Tik Tok for giving loving and motherly advice. She refers to her fans as her little “tater tots”. She tells people that sometimes just getting out of bed in the morning is a monumental achievement. Mama Tot says the reason that she gives this loving advice freely on Tik Tok is that when she was growing up she didn’t have it.
She has explained a little bit about her early life and how her mother told her that she was too fat at a very young age. This left a terrible impression on Mama Tot and she decided to make sure no one else had to feel the way she did if they listened to her. Many fans have said that she’s the reason they continue to wake up in the morning and she’s the inspiration that keeps them going when everything in the world is wrong.
@OpheliaPNichols became like a second mom to me over TikTok last year with her uplifting attitude and gentle soul. I painted this picture last year as a tribute. Thanks Mama Tot!#portrait #mamatot #tribute #ArtistOnTwitter #digitalart pic.twitter.com/s9Rh9U5rWi
— Oliver Ramirez (@pandatails_art) February 2, 2022
Typically, she appears with her beautiful blonde hair, makeup done, and beautiful earrings, but on June 25th she made a video that was not typical for her. Her beautiful hair was put up in a bun, no makeup could be seen, and she looked distressed. Mama Tot went on to explain in that video her 18-year-old son had been murdered a day before his 19th birthday. In the soul-crushing video through tears, she says that her son Randon Lee was shot dead at a gas station and Prichard. She says, “He was shot. And I have this hatred in my heart that I don’t recognize because I have never felt hate for anybody.” It’s believable that Mama Tot never felt any hate in her heart before that day because she has spent every bit of her time on social media teaching others to love and to love themselves.
She didn’t make the video for sympathy though. Ophelia had a serious request for her followers. Through her tears, she said, “ Somebody’s gotta know something.” She wanted her followers to help find the person or people that had murdered her 18-year-old son. Her pleas did not go unheard, but many followers were not in the area so couldn’t help find the murderer.
Fans with few options to assist Mama Tot in finding the murderer of her son begged to help in another way. A GoFundMe was set up on behalf of Ophelia to pay for her son’s unexpected funeral expenses. The GoFundMe page says “Our dear Ophelia lost her beautiful 18-year-old son, Randon yesterday. She has helped millions of people, and now it’s time to help her.” In less than 24 hours of the murder of her son, her fans had donated over a quarter of $1,000,000 to help with his final expenses. Ophelia asked that the GoFundMe be paused at that time. The organizer said her fans had “done something amazing for her family.” Mama Tot remains in our prayers as the murderer of Randon Lee still has not been found.