Prominent Black Lives Matter Leader Shot Dead in New Orleans

February 7, 2018 Last Updated: February 7, 2018

A Black Lives Matter leader was shot and killed in New Orleans, police said.

Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, who went by the name Muhiyidin d’Baha, died on Tuesday, Feb. 6, according to The Advocate.

He was shot in the thigh while riding his bicycle, the report said.

New Orleans police spokesman Beau Tidwell said there are no suspects or a motive.

He was riding the bike near the intersection of Bienville Court and North Roman Street at around 1 a.m. when he was shot, WGNO reported. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

D’Baha, 32, moved to South Carolina from Poughkeepsie, New York, when he was 13 and was in New Orleans on a personal trip, his niece told the Post and Courier.

“He loved Charleston and loved fighting for what’s right,” Camille Weaver said. “I’ve never met anyone more committed and hardworking than him. He was an asset to the Charleston community and will be greatly missed.”

“We don’t have many details, but will update as soon as we do,” Weaver said, according to NOLA.com.“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 was arrested last year for jumping over a barricade to grab a Confederate Flag during a protest in Charleston.

 

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