Black Lives Matter activist dies after being shot in New Orleans
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 2/7/2018, 10:58 a.m.
Muhiydin Elamin Moye, known for diving over a barricade to take a Confederate flag from a protester on live television, was shot dead in New Orleans sometime on Tuesday morning. Moye, who also used the name Muhiyidin d’Baha, was shot while riding his bike, reports multiple news sources. According to a police spokesperson, no suspects or a motive had been determined yet. The 32-year-old had moved from South Carolina to Poughkeepsie, New York, when he was 13 and was reportedly visiting New Orleans when he was shot. “He loved Charleston and loved fighting for what’s right,” said his niece Camille Weaver to the Post and Courier. “I’ve never met anyone more committed and hardworking than him. He was an asset to the Charleston community and will be greatly missed. “The activist drew national attention last February when he was arrested for jumping over a barricade in an attempt to grab a Confederate flag away from a demonstrator at the College of Charleston. Members of the South Carolina Secessionist Party had gathered to protest a lecture by activist Bree Newsome, who famously climbed the South Carolina capitol flagpole to remove its Confederate flag in 2015. D’Baha was received a disorderly conduct charges as a result of the incident, which was caught on air. “Not another generation of people are going to be intimidated by this flag,” he told the Washington Post. He added that he’d tried to wrestle the flag away to “help them understand what it is to meet a real resistance, to meet people that aren’t scared.”In the hopes of bringing d’Baha’s body back to Charleston for a funeral, his niece has startd a GoFundMe page that had raised almost double its $7,500 goal by Wednesday.