Black Lives Matter Leader Gunned Down In New Orleans
New Orleans, LA – A key organizer of the Charleston, South Carolina Black Lives Matter movement was fatally shot by an unknown assailant early Tuesday morning, police said.
Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, 32, who went by the aliases of Muhiyidin d’Baha, “Moya,” and “Moye,” was found with a gunshot wound to his thigh just before 1:30 a.m., The New Orleans Advocate reported.
Police said that Moye, who was riding a bike when the attack occurred, continued traveling for several blocks after he was shot, leaving a trail of blood on the ground, The Post and Courier reported.
Moye was transported to a hospital, where he later died, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) spokesman Beau Tidwell told The New Orleans Advocate.
According to a Go Fund Me page designated for Moye’s funeral services, investigators notified his family that Moye “had died due to excessive blood loss” just after 9 a.m.
The fundraising effort had raised more than $24,000 at publication time.
Police have not named any suspects, nor have they released information about a possible motive, The Post and Courier reported.
A spokesman for the New Orleans Coroner's Office, Jason Melancon, said Moye’s death had been ruled a homicide, WCSC reported.
The Black Lives Matter activist was best known for having jumped into a large crowd in an attempt to snatch a Confederate flag from a protestor in Charleston in February of 2017.
During the incident, which occurred on live television, Moye jumped over yellow police tape and knocked the protester’s large flag to the ground. He was immediately arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and damage to personal property.
He was also charged with disorderly conduct in July of 2016, after he disrupted a North Charleston City Council meeting, and demanded that the committee form a citizens’ board to review police actions.
Moye further ordered that the board should be given the power to discipline officers.