Black Lives Matter activist known for snatching Confederate flag shot, killed

Gladys Abbott
February 9, 2018

Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin d'Baha launched himself in headlines when he was seen on live video attempting to snatch a Confederate Flag from a White man protesting in favor of the symbol previous year.

There is now no information about a potential motive or any suspects, New Orleans police spokesman Beau Tidwell told press.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that he was riding a bicycle at the time of the shoot.

Last February, Moye leaped a police barricade in Charleston, South Carolina, and tried to take a protester's Confederate battle flag. He was transported to the hospital, where he died later that morning, according to police spokesman Beau Tidwell. On Tuesday night, Newsome told Mic she'd met Moye once, but deferred commenting on his death until she could learn more about the circumstances. "He was loving, he was amusing, he was smart, but it bothered him, the injustice just bothered him, and it never rested well with him", she added. He said they met in 2015, after the highly publicized fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a white North Charleston police officer.

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Tributes mourning the loss of the community leader have also been pouring in across social media, with one friend writing on Facebook: "The last thing he said to me was that he was doing community work out of town and that he was learning so that he could come back to Charleston and help empower people". "He was complicated, just like his hometown".

D'Baha's niece, Camille Weaver who took it upon herself to create a GoFundMe page on behalf of the family in an effort to offset the costs of the activist's untimely death. The group asked people to donate to the family's GoFundMe page in the meantime.

Money raised would go to a memorial service and a funeral.

"I can say that our family is beyond appreciative for the outpouring of love and support we've received today", she added.

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