Making an arrest. There has been a break in Ophelia Nichols’ son’s murder case after a 20-year-old man surrendered himself to Mobile County Metro Jail on Thursday, August 18.
Reuben Gulley was arrested and detained on “murder” costs in Alabama on Thursday in connection to Nichols’ 18-year-old son Randon Lee’s loss of life, according to the jail’s website. Fox 10 News was first to report the information.
Nichols announced her son’s death on June 25 through a TikTok video, revealing that someday earlier than his nineteenth birthday he was shot and killed.
“He was took from me last night,” the social media influencer mentioned on the time. “Took from my children and my husband and our family. My son was murdered. He was shot and I have this hatred in my heart that I don’t recognize ’cause I’ve never felt hate for anybody.”
The Alabama native acquired visibly emotional as she reached out to her fanbase for any suggestions in her son’s case.
“I never asked y’all for anything, but I need your help with this. There’s almost 7 million people that follow me. Somebody’s got to know something,” she mentioned. “Somebody knows who did this to my child. And I’m asking for somebody’s help. Anybody’s help. It’s my son.”
During a press convention that month, Prichard Detective Jason Hadaway confirmed that Lee was shot at a gasoline station after approaching the gasoline pumps similtaneously the suspect.
The detective defined that the suspect was seen getting inside Lee’s automobile which is when one shot was fired. After the suspect fled the scene, Lee left his automobile in an try to “escape” the shooter. The teenager crossed the street to one other gasoline station the place he was finally discovered by EMS, who have been unable to revive him, and he was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
Hadaway additional detailed what the crime scene seemed like upon arrival, stating that there have been “narcotics found in the vehicle.” He famous that Lee was noticed “selling narcotics” to two folks earlier than the capturing and there have been “a couple of suspects in mind.”
The police clarified that Lee was promoting marijuana. Nichols, for her half, revealed in her June TikTok video that her son was struggling with mental health issues, together with despair following his father’s loss of life.
Despite his ups and downs, the social media character famous that the household “had no idea” what he was going by means of. “He comes from good people, and he comes from a good family and a good home. But sometimes that just don’t matter, you know,” she mentioned in June.
One month after Lee’s homicide, Nichols shared an replace along with her followers, reflecting on her loss and the household’s battle for justice.
“Please don’t think badly of my son for the circumstances of how he was taken. We are not ashamed of him, and never will be. When I was 18, I made poor choices myself,” she wrote via Instagram in July, sharing photographs of Lee as a baby. “I think of the person who did this to my son and have empathy for his family once they find out. Although others may not think I should but now there will be two families that are hurt and broken. It won’t just be mine. This person will be held accountable I believe that, so I will hold my faith close & my family in times of despair.”
Nichols added: “No one’s life should be taken over marijuana or anything else. I have a huge platform and a voice that is heard everywhere. I plan to use that voice in Randon’s name to help other youth in my city stay on the right track.”