Ophelia Nichols Willing To Talk To Son’s Alleged Murderer
Mama Tok is grateful but not happy about finding her son’s murderer.
June 2022 was perhaps the worst month of Ophelia Nichols’s life. Best known as Mama Tot and @shoelover99 on TikTok, Nichols lost her son, Randon Lee, to murder.
After almost two months, the alleged culprit was caught. Nichols took to TikTok to address the issue, saying that she was grateful that the murderer was caught, but she was not happy with the entire situation.
Here is everything we know about Nichols’s son Lee’s murder and the aftermath.
Randon Lee’s murder
In late June, 18-year-old Lee was tragically shot to death at a petrol station in Prichard. Nichols announced her son’s death in a TikTok video, saying, “My son was killed.”
She noted the day she made the video would have been his 19th birthday and confirmed he died a day before. She said, “He was shot. And I have this hatred in my heart that I don’t recognize, because I have never felt hate for anybody.”
Ophelia Nichols shared about the murder of her son, Randon Lee, with her followers on TikTok. (Source: Instagram)
Nichols begged her 7 million followers on TikTok to come forward with any information they may have about her son’s murder. She believed someone had to know about her son’s untimely death.
In a heartbreaking note, she said, “This individual took my son’s life. … And I know they’re out there, in my town. They’re out there. They’re out there living and breathing, but my son is dead.”
Nichols then displayed a photograph of herself with Lee. She pointed out that he was her son and appealed for help from anyone.
Before the video ends, the TikTok star made one more plea for answers, crying her heart out. Later, she commented on her video, adding that police “have a lead on 2 individuals.”
The murderer allegedly caught
A suspect was detained concerning the death of Mama Tok’s son on August 18, 2022. According to Montgomery County jail records, 20-year-old Reuben Gulley is being held on a single murder charge.
According to WALA-TV, Gulley handed himself to authorities after being suspected of murdering Lee. The latter met up with two people at a gas station the night he was fatally shot to death to offer them marijuana, according to Prichard police.
It is reported that Lee was shot by one of the suspects inside his car shortly after. The suspects allegedly left after the incident, and Lee exited the petrol station and went into another, where he died from his injuries.
Mama Tok’s reaction
Soon after the news about the alleged suspect being caught was released, Nichols took to TikTok to address it.
In a three-minute video, she spoke about how she was grateful that her son’s murderer was caught, but she was not happy with the situation. She noted that she was racing a lot of messages saying, “You must be so happy right now.”
Unfortunately, she was not happy as people had presumed. Throughout the video, Nichols was empathetic to Gulley.
She shared her experience of seeing Gulley’s mugshot and thinking how the alleged murderer was “just a baby.” She then claimed to have seen remarks from Gulley’s former professors calling him “a nice young guy.”
Nichols then said, “I bet he was. That just made me think, within 11 seconds, he made the decision to just throw his life away.”
The TikTok stated that her son and Gulley both have a mother who would do absolutely anything for them — something she was convinced they had in common.
She reminded her followers how there were now two families in need. She pointed out that parents should not be suffering because of whatever their child did.
She recalled hearing bad comments about her son from others in her area following his death and expressed hope that Gulley’s mother would not have to go through the same ordeal.
She said she would never wish that on anyone. She continued, “Neither one of our children should’ve been there that night. Neither one of them.”
After a brief pause, Nichols stated that, while it is tough to consider what may have been, the road to justice would be challenging to them. She hoped that everything would go as planned.
Before ending her video, she reminded her followers that two families had been harmed, and it was not just hers.
One follower asked Nichols in the comments section whether she would be ready to speak with Gulley or his mother. “Of course, I would,” she said.
Singer Sia Reveals Her Autism Diagnosis Two Years after Controversial Film ‘Music’
Sia has been diagnosed with autism spectrum.
Sia recently revealed that she is on the autism spectrum.
According to CDC, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a developmental impairment caused by brain differences. ASD patients frequently struggle with social communication and engagement, as well as confined or repetitive habits or hobbies.
Sia revealed the news to her fans and follower during Rob Has a Podcast (via People). She said, “I’m on the spectrum, and I’m in recovery and whatever — there’s a lot of things.”
Sia reveals that she is on the autism spectrum:
“For 45 years, I was like … 'I've got to go put my human suit on.’ And only in the last two years have I become fully, fully myself.”
🔗: https://t.co/PGHta0Lvx2 pic.twitter.com/xmX8zxfv4Q— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 31, 2023
Here is everything we know about it.
Sia on her autism spectrum disorder
This is the first time the singer opened up about her disorder. She revealed that after the diagnosis, she felt like like herself.
She said, “For 45 years, I was like … ‘I’ve got to go put my human suit on.’ And only in the last two years have I become fully, fully myself.”
After Sia revealed her autism spectrum, she talked about how she had been feeling for the past couple of years. She said, “Nobody can ever know and love you when you’re filled with secrets and … living in shame.”
She talked about feeling seen for the first time in her life and feeling like a human.
“And when we finally sit in a room full of strangers and tell them our deepest, darkest, most shameful secrets, and everybody laughs along with us, and we don’t feel like pieces of trash for the first time in our lives, and we feel seen for the first time in our lives for who we actually are, and then we can start going out into the world and just operating as humans and human beings with hearts and not pretending to be anything,” she said.
Sia revealed her autism spectrum two years after she faced backlash for her movie, Music. She had cast her frequent collaborator, Maddie Ziegler, in the movie, who portrays a character on the autism spectrum.
Music, written and directed by Sia, was about a teenager with autism, but disability rights campaigners chastised her for casting Ziegler, who was not on the autistic spectrum. The singer initially defended herself and her choice to cast Ziegler.
TODAY IN “GUESS WHO’S CANCELLED?”: Sia faces backlash after casting Maddie Ziegler as an autistic teen in upcoming movie “Music.” Many have been critical of Sia’s choice to cast a non-disabled actor to play a disabled character. pic.twitter.com/f5TfoGycDF— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) November 20, 2020
She claimed that it was difficult to work with someone on the autism spectrum, and Ziegler was someone who could bring her vision to light. But her defending Music was faced with more criticism and backlash.
In the end, Sia apologized and said she would cut the scenes that depict people with autism spectrum in a negative light. She said, “I’m sorry. I plan to remove the restraint scenes from all future printings. I listened to the wrong people and that is my responsibility, my research was clearly not thorough enough, not wide enough.”
Following the major backlash, Sia was suicidal and had to check into rehab after she relapsed. Thankfully, she had Kathy Griffin, who helped her through it.
Now, Sia is happy, and after she has found that she is on the autism spectrum, she has been working towards recovery — making herself better mentally and physically.
Netizens’ reaction to Sia’s autism spectrum disorder
Many netizens were sympathetic towards Sia after she opened up about having autism. They wished her the best and asked her to be strong for herself and her family.
Netizens’ reaction to Sia being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. (Source: Reddit)
However, many brought up the topic of Music and how Sia’s actions back then were not excusable. Some people pointed out that the singer being autistic would excuse her for Music.
They noted that whatever Sia did for Music was still back, and just because she identified or had autism spectrum did not mean that she was a good advocate for it.
As a result, people were sympathetic to her but did not excuse her and her explanation behind Music.
‘Cheer’ Star Morgan Simianer Weds Stone Burleson in a Lavish Texas Wedding
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Burleson!
Stone Burleson has upgraded his title from boyfriend to husband!
With a lavish wedding ceremony, Morgan Simianer finally tied the knot with her partner on May 28, 2023. Simianer had been updating her fans and followers on every detail about her wedding since she got engaged a year ago.
Simianer shared her wedding with People, who clicked exclusive pictures for them, took their interview about their relationship, and shared their love story with the world.
Here is all we know about it.
Morgan Simianer’s wedding ceremony with her husband
Before her wedding, Simianer shared the journey with her fans and followers on Instagram. For instance, she shared her journey of selecting her wedding dress on social media.
She went to Bridal Boutique: Bridal Salon in Lewisville, Texas. She tried a couple of dresses but ultimately chose a sleek long-sleeved lace gown with pearl and beading detail.
She paired them with a long white veil that matched the detailing on her gown. Talking about her wedding dress to People, she said, “I went in and I was like, ‘I want to try every single style on.’ And I ended up going with something that was completely different from my vision board. I literally put it on and I was like, Oh my gosh, I love this dress.”
Her husband, on the other hand, wore a simple black tuxedo with a white shirt and black tie. Simianer had a timeless Texas wedding at The Olana, a mansion estate that pays homage to the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Paris.
Simianer said of her wedding venue, “It’s like a castle. Since the moment I saw it, it was engraved in my mind. When you get the butterfly feeling of it’s meant to be. I was like, ‘Yes, this is it.’”
Many people came to the wedding, from both the groom’s and bride’s sides. There were 275 guests who attended, and it included Simianer’s cast and crew from her Netflix docuseries, Cheer.
Morgan Simianer got married to her husband, Stone Burleson, in May 2023. (Source: Instagram)
“I feel like it’s a whole family reunion with all of us. There’ll be people from the Netflix docuseries, the producer of Cheer. People that went on tour with me for Cheer Live. We have just so many people,” she shared.
Simianer walked down the aisle with her grandfather to Christina Perry’s ‘A Thousand Years.’ She then exchanged the vows and rings with her boyfriend.
The couple’s ring was from Kay Jewelers, and Simianer’s ring was a custom-designed gold and diamond sparkler. On the other hand, Burleson selected a Neil Lane yellow gold diamond band.
Before the couple had their wedding ceremony, the two had their civil marriage. They got their certificates from Rockwall County Court House on April 13, 2023 — a month and a half before her Christian wedding to her partner.
Morgan Simianer’s dating history with Stone Burleson
Simianer had been dating her boyfriend since early 2021. Details about their dating life are not known, but the pair made their relationship Instagram official on March 29, 2021, after attending a friend’s wedding.
After dating for a little over a year, Burleson proposed to his partner on the rooftop of HALL Arts Hotel in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
According to People, he proposed with a two and 3/4-carat Neil Lane marquise diamond ring set in a halo of diamonds on an 18-carat yellow gold band. Burleson planned his engagement to surprise his partner.
He planned a phony interview and photoshoot with her old coach, Monica Aldama, but when Simianer came, she was welcomed by her fiancé, who then dropped down on one knee.
Burleson told People, “After our first date, I knew I wanted to be with Morgan for the rest of my life, and this weekend, I asked her to be my forever, she blessed me by saying yes.”
It took the couple a little over a year to get married after getting engaged. But throughout that time, they prepared for their wedding and had a massive Bachelorette Party in Mexico.
The bride-to-be and her friends traveled to Mexico’s Riviera Maya, staying at The Excellence Resort in Cancun. The “Bach & Boujee” celebration included a yacht trip as well as snorkeling and cheering towers in the ocean.
Is Sami Zayn Unbanned From Saudi Arabia? Visits Mecca Ahead Of Match
Sami Zayn is also competing at Night of Champions in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Sami Zayn has entered the boundaries of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the second time since he joined WWE as a full-time professional wrestler.
Currently, he is in Saudi Arabia as part of WWE’s upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view Night of Champions, which will take place in Jeddah’s Jeddah Superdome on Saturday, May 27, 2023.
At the PPV, Zayn and his tag team partner Kevin Owens will defend their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships against The Bloodline’s Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and his tag team partner Solo Sikoa.
But ahead of his much-anticipated match, Zayn took the opportunity to utilize his second-ever visit to Saudi Arabia and visit Mecca, considered the holiest city in Islam and the “fountainhead and cradle of Islam.”
And as Zayn himself is a Muslim, it was one of the greatest moments of his life to cross a name off his bucket list. On Friday, May 26, 2023, he took to his social media handles – Instagram and Twitter – and shared pictures of himself at the location.
The first picture showed him wearing a white outfit as he touched The Kaaba – a stone building at the center of Masjid al-Haram, the important mosque and holiest site of Islam. The Kaaba is also spelled Ka’ba or Kabah, referred to as al-Ka’ba al-Musharrafa.
Similarly, the second picture showed him standing in front of The Kaaba, inside Masjid al-Haram, also called the Great Mosque of Mecca or the Grand Mosque.
In the caption, Zayn wrote, “Being a pro wrestler and being with WWE has taken me to places I never dreamed I’d get to see and do things I never thought I’d get to do. It has provided me a life filled with incredible experiences that I will cherish forever.”
Sami Zayn standing in front of The Kaaba inside Masjid al-Haram (Photo: Instagram)
At the end of his caption, he mentioned that being able to visit Masjid al-Haram and touching The Kaaba was the top thing on his list. He then wrote, “الحمدلله,” which translates to “Thank God.”
Is Sami Zayn unbanned in Saudi Arabia?
As mentioned above, this is Zayn’s second-ever visit to Saudi Arabia, with the first one being in 2014 as a part of WWE’s three-night house show tour in Riyadh. After that, many more shows and PPVs took place in Saudi Arabia, but Zayn wasn’t a part of them.
So, what happened? Was Zayn banned from competing in live shows and PPVs in Saudi Arabia? Well, banned isn’t the exact word that is fit to use in this context, as it’s more of a voluntary choice that Zayn made.
Zayn is a Canadian national, but his parents were Syrian immigrants who left their home country in the 1970s and settled in Canada. And the diplomatic relations between Syria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia haven’t been on a positive note since 2011, until now.
Sami Zayn donning the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships (Photo: Instagram)
Syria and Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties in November 2011 after Saudi Arabia’s backing of non-government forces during the Syrian Civil War. And while both nations are Sunni Muslim-majority countries, they didn’t see eye-to-eye.
As for Zayn’s refraining from Saudi Arabia-based WWE Shows and PPVs, Ryan Satin reported in 2018 that Zayn was pulled out from competing in The Greatest Royal Rumble as WWE didn’t want to disrespect the local culture in Saudi Arabia.
One year later, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that the Saudi Arabian government had banned WWE from using Zayn at Super ShowDown due to Zayn’s Syrian ethnicity.
That being said, Zayn will now compete in WWE’s Night of Champions. So, what changed now? The answer is the diplomatic relationship between Syria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which became good, i.e., they resumed diplomatic ties on May 9, 2023.
Due to that, it became clear that Saudi Arabia had no problem letting Zayn compete in Saudi Arabia-based WWE PPVs, and Zayn was also willing to wrestle once again in Saudi Arabia.
Furthermore, Zayn’s longtime best friend, Kevin Owens, will also compete for the first time in Saudi Arabia as Owens had also backed out from contesting in Saudi Arabia-based WWE PPVs as a show of support for Zayn.
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