TikTok star Mama Tot mourning sudden death of 19-year-old son one day before his birthday

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Posted at 4:03 PM, Jun 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-26 17:57:15-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A star on TikTok is mourning the loss of her son just one day before his 19th birthday.

Ophelia Nichols, better known on TikTok as "shoelover99" and "Mama Tot," posted a heartfelt video revealing that her son was shot and killed on Friday night in Prichard, Alabama.

"But he was took from me last night. Took from my children, my husband, and my family," said Nichols in a video on TikTok that now has over 17 million views. "This individual took my son's life. He was just 18 years old; that's the best part of somebody's life," she added.

Nichols confirmed the death on her Facebook Saturday after "receiving an unbelievable amount of calls/text/messages regarding my baby child..."

Nichols also seemed to confirm in her original TikTok video that the police have leads on possible suspects.

"Somebody knows who did this to my child. I'm asking for somebody's help, anybody's help," Nichols pleaded in the video.

Alabama's Investigation Crime Hotline is 1-800-392-8011.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover funeral expenses.