Black Lives Matter activist, Muhiyidin d’Baha was shot and killed in New Orleans early Tuesday morning according to reports.
According to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), Moye – who preferred the last named d’Baha – the shooting occurred at about 1:30 AM on the 1900 block of Bienville Street.
He had been shot in the thigh while riding a bicycle.
He was taken to the hospital but died later in the morning.
The South Carolina native is best known for his legendary leap over yellow police tape, attempting to tear down a Confederate flag during a protest in Charleston, SC. This act (which d’Baha stated was an attempt to “help them understand what it is to meet a real resistance, to meet people that aren’t scared”) happened at an event where Bree Newsome was speaking.
A person identifying herself as Moye’s niece has setup a GoFundMe account dedicated to helping raise money to return her uncle’s body to Charleston as well as for a memorial service. The account set a goal of $7,500 but already had raised nearly $10,900 by Tuesday evening.
“Our family is beyond appreciative for the outpouring of love and support we’ve received today,” read a message from the account created by Camille Weaver. “Moya was a light and he will shine forever.”