Muhiyidin d’Baha, or “Moya,” a Black Lives Matter activist famous for taking down a Confederate flag during a protest caught on live TV, was shot and killed on February 6 while riding his bike in New Orleans.
Thirty-two-year-old Muhiyidin d’Baha, a Black Lives Matter activist, was killed on February 6. 2018, while riding his bike late at night in New Orleans.
d’Baha is famous for a viral video showing him taking down a Confederate flag during a live protest on TV.
Muhiyidin d’Baha, whose legal name was Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, was found around 1:25 a.m. on Tuesday in the 2200 block of Bienville Street. He had been shot in the thigh while riding a bike.
Officers found him bleeding on the ground near his mountain bike. After following a trail of blood over several blocks, they found a bullet fragment.
d’Baha was taken to hospital, but died later that morning of excessive blood loss.
Murder of Muhiyidin d’Baha a Random Act?
New Orleans Police Department spokesman Beau Tidwell said there’s no information yet on a possible motive or suspect.
However, family and friends said that it looks as though d’Baha, who also went by the nickname, “Moya,” had died of “a random act of violence.”
“He had so much life and energy and intellectual curiosity and capacity and love,” a social media 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.”
Muhiyidin d’Baha’s Claim to Fame
d’Baha gained fame back in February 2017, when he was arrested after leaping over police caution tape and trying to rip a huge Confederate battle flag from a protester in downtown Charleston. It was all caught on live TV.
Before the incident, protesters had gathered outside the College of Charleston during a speech by Bree Newsome, the filmmaker. Newsome is also an activist who climbed a flagpole outside the South Carolina State House in 2015 and took down its Confederate flag.
The South Carolina Secessionist Party showed up to demonstrate against Newsome’s speech.
Video from the scene catches one white protester, protected behind yellow police tape, hoisting a large Confederate flag. d’Baha is then seen jumping the police tape and grabbing the flag mid-air; right in front of a live news camera.
d’Baha was arrested for disorderly conduct. Fellow activists raised $2,000 for his bail.
d’Baha was also arrested in 2016 when he disrupted a North Charleston City Council meeting calling for a community police watchdog board with subpoena power to review police actions.
No date has been set for Muhiyidin d’Baha’s funeral.
His niece Camille Weaver set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral. The $7,500 goal was reached in just a couple of hours; so far $30,024 has been raised.