Black Lives Matter activist shot dead in New Orleans

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Muhiyidin Moye D'Baha of the Black Lives Matter movement leads his group in prayer before a news conference demanding a citizen review board in North Charleston, South Carolina April 9, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill

A Black Lives Matter activist who has spent the past few years fully committed to the movement was shot and killed in New Orleans Tuesday.

The activist, Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, was known for leaping through a police line to seize a Confederate battle flag from a protester. He was shot in New Orleans’ Gravier neighborhood in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A police officer who was responding to a call about gunfire found Moye on the ground, bleeding in front of a car repair shop and asking for help. According to the police report, there was a bloody trail that circled two blocks, and a bloody bicycle was found lying across the street.

It was found that Moye was shot in the thigh at around 1:30 a.m. He was taken to the hospital but was later pronounced dead due to excessive blood loss. According to Moye’s niece, the victim was taking a personal trip to New Orleans when he was shot.

Moye caught the public’s eye in February after he was seen on live television jumping through a police line in order to grab a Confederate flag that was being displayed by a demonstrator, before being tackled by the police and being arrested.

Describing his actions, Moye explained that he felt compelled to do something about the Confederate flag after seeing some of the older members of the African American community reacting to it.

“I looked at our elders and I saw, like, fear in their eyes,” he said. “We’re not going to pass this on another generation. Not another generation of people [is] going to be intimidated by this flag.”

However, his impact on the Black Lives Matter movement extended further than the public demonstrations. “He wouldn’t just protest; he was in the communities, working, speaking with leaders, checking on families,” said Moye’s brother Ibraheem. “He wanted to show people that social injustice wasn’t going to be allowed.”