By Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post, 2/7/2018
A prominent Black Lives Matter activist was shot and killed Tuesday, apparently while riding his bicycle in New Orleans, authorities said.
Muhiydin Moye, 32, who became a notable figure in the Black Lives Matter movement after the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina, gained national attention last year when he hurled himself onto a Confederate flag on live television in Charleston, S.C. (His first name has also been spelled as Muhiyidin and Muhiyyidin by different police departments, family members and friends.)
Moye, who used the last name d’Baha, was shot in the thigh in the early morning hours Tuesday and rushed to a hospital, where he died, New Orleans police spokesman Beau Tidwell said in a statement. Police are investigating the shooting, which has been classified as aggravated battery. No suspect has been named.
Officers responded about 1:30 a.m. to a call about a man who was lying on the ground on Bienville Street asking for help, according to a police report.
When officers arrived, they found him on his back — bleeding, according to the report. They spotted a black mountain bike across the street “covered in blood along the right side of the bike,” the report said.
Moye was rushed to a hospital, police said.
Moye’s niece, Camille Weaver, wrote on a GoFundMe page that about 9 a.m., “we received a phone call saying that he had died due to excessive blood loss.”
By Wednesday afternoon, the page had raised more than $19,000 to help cover the costs to transport his body from New Orleans to Charleston and also pay funeral and memorial expenses, according to the GoFundMe page.
“I can say that our family is beyond appreciative for the outpouring of love and support we’ve received today,” Weaver wrote Tuesday night. “Moya was a light and he will shine on forever.”
In February 2017, Moye was captured on video breaking through two strands of police tape outside the College of Charleston and lunging at a plastic flagpole that a man was carrying with the Confederate flag flying atop it.
That incident occurred not long before fellow activist Bree Newsome was scheduled to speak at the college. Newsome made headlines of her own in 2015 when she removed the Confederate flag from a pole outside the South Carolina statehouse.