A brave young man leapt a barricade and snatched a Confederate flag right out of the hand of a white supremacist in Charleston last year. That hero is, sadly, no more.
The 32-year-old Muhiyidin d’Baha — also known as Moye — was an activist belonging to Charleston Black Lives Matter, who is famous for his defiant stance in February 2017 against the symbol of black oppression, outside the College of Charleston.
The young man was riding on his bike in New Orleans when he was shot by an unidentified assailant.
The shooting occurred early Tuesday morning and a bullet pierced Moye’s thigh and apparently hit his femoral artery. He was rushed to the hospital but later died due to massive amounts of blood loss in the hospital.
The news was delivered by his cousin Camille Weaver, who wrote in a GoFundMe page that they received news of his death around 9 a.m.
"We don't have many details, but will update as soon as we do," Weaver said in her post.
The police are currently investigating the case. However, so far, they do not have any suspects or motives in the case.
“We are lost right now,” Moye’s sister Kimberli Duncan said. ”But we are going to find our way.”
Moye’s mother refused to talk to reporters but said her son was a “wonderful person.”
Here's a look at the vigil for local #BlackLivesMatter Activist Muhiyidin D'baha. His family says he was fatally shot in the leg in New Orleans while riding his bike. People from the community came together at North Charleston City Hall in honor of him #chsnews pic.twitter.com/U1ITDjue4E— Alexis Simmons (@AlexisLive5) February 7, 2018
Weaver thanked the well-wishers in an updated post.
“I can say that our family is beyond appreciative for the outpouring of love and support we've received today,” she wrote. “Moya was a light and he will shine on forever.”
“He had so much life and energy and intellectual curiosity and capacity and love,” the post said. “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 would come back to Charleston and help empower the people.”
The post continued, “He was loved by all of his friends and respected by all those who want to see social and racial justice in Charleston.”
Moye was arrested last year for trying to bring exactly that to his city. His defiant act of snatching the Confederate flag was caught on live TV. According to The Washington Post, Moye tried to bring down the flag to “help them understand what it is to meet a real resistance, to meet people that aren't scared.”
The flag was being waved by a neo-Nazi who was protesting the appearance of activist Bree Newsome at the College of Charleston — who herself became an icon after climbing up a flagpole to remove a Confederate flag from the grounds of South Carolina statehouse.
Supporters of Moye raised $2,000 for his bail.
The young man also drew notice after he arrived at local government meeting in his city to “renew demands for a community police watchdog board with subpoena power,” according to The Advocate. However, he was removed from the premises by the police.
He will be sorely missed by his family and all who wish for racial equality. Rest in power!
Muhiyidin d'Baha was my friend. He was more than just an activist. Quietly he was a major figure in the 2016 primaries. He met with @SenSanders for a 15 min meeting that turned into a hour meeting that helped the Political Revolution. The brother was a giant. RIH king. ‘Same’— Marcus Ferrell (@Marcus4America) February 7, 2018
"Charleston Black Lives Matter"— Kitty (@IamKittyMcQueen) February 7, 2018
So sorry to hear this news.
RIP Muhiyidin d'Baha 🙏
We thank you for your activism.
You will be missed!
I don’t even have the words. Rest in Power to my brother Muhiyidin D’Baha. I can attest first hand to his relentless commitment and powerful supportive energy https://t.co/XAdtQx43HO— Chenjerai Kumanyika (@catchatweetdown) February 7, 2018
Devastated to hear of the death of #BlackLivesMatter community leader Muhiyidin d'Baha. He touched us so much with the words of light and love he offered us during #HEWILLNOTDIVIDEUS last year. Rest in Power. https://t.co/zUl9GzojNE pic.twitter.com/tWOi5ri4g6— Luke Turner (@Luke_Turner) February 7, 2018
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