Charleston Civil Rights Activist Killed in New Orleans

February 7, 2018, 9:23 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (BRODIE HART, WTAT-TV) — Loving, funny and smart — these are the words family members used to describe a Lowcountry activist who was killed this week in New Orleans.

FOX 24 has learned 32-year-old Muhiyidin Moye, also known as Muhiyidin d’Baha, was shot in the leg overnight Tuesday and later died of blood loss in a New Orleans hospital.

A GoFundMe account was established just a few hours after family learned of his passing in an effort to bring his body back home to Charleston.

Muhiyidin’s niece, Camille Weaver, tells us his family found out what happened early Tuesday morning and are still in disbelief.

He was one of the loudest voices in the on-going Confederate Flag debate, and was even arrested during a counter-protest when he broke through police tape to grab a Confederate flag from someone near the College of Charleston campus.

Muhiyidin also demanded greater transparency and increased public oversight of law enforcement following the shooting of Walter Scott by North Charleston officer Michael Slager.

“He was loving, he was funny, he was smart,” said sister Kimberli Duncan, remembering her brother’s courage and free spirit. “But it bothered him – the injustice bothered him and it never rested well with him. So, he took it on as a personal battle no matter what.”

Police have not yet released any information on a possible motive for the shooting. Weaver tells us there are no plans for Muhiyidin’s memorial, but she was overjoyed at the generosity of the community as donations continue to pour in.

The original goal for that GoFundMe donation drive was $7,500, but it sits at more than $15,000 as of Wednesday morning. To donate, please click here.

A vigil was held Tuesday night at North Charleston City Hall in Muhiyidin’s honor. We will continue to follow this story.