Black Lives Matter Activist Fatally Shot & Killed in New Orleans

| February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, 32, a member of the Charleston, S.C., Black Lives Matter movement, was shot and killed in New Orleans.

Muhiyidin was the Black Lives Matter activist in South Carolina, who gained prominence in the wake of the police shooting of Walter Scott and when he grabbed a Confederate flag from a protester. Muhiyidin Elamin Moye was shot and killed Tuesday in New Orleans, according to the (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier.

A police officer found him on the ground, asking for help near the Treme neighborhood, about eight blocks from New Orleans’ French Quarter, according to a police report.

The report said a bloody trail to the body circled two blocks, and a bloody bicycle lay across the street.

Moye, who was also known as Muhiyidin d’Baha, was taken to an area hospital, where he later died, New Orleans police official Beau Tidwell said Wednesday. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting.

“No further information on this incident is currently available,” police spokesman Gary Scheets said in an email to the Associated Press.

Moye’s niece, Camille Weaver,  told the Post and Courier that Moye was in New Orleans for a personal trip.

Moye grew to prominence in 2015 after he played a role in the release of a video in the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a North Charleston, S.C., police officer. Moye also gained recognition in February 2017, when he jumped over police tape to grab a protester’s Confederate flag and a video of the moment went viral.

DeRay Mckesson, a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, said Moye was a fearless, kind man whose death is a big loss for Charleston and the movement. He said they met in 2015, after the highly publicized fatal shooting of Scott.

“He was a strong leader who deeply understood the role of community and the power of helping other people recognize that role,” said Mckesson.

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