A prominent Black Lives Matter activist was shot and killed while riding a bike in New Orleans early on Tuesday morning.
The activist, Muhiyidin Moye, 32, is known for leaping across yellow police tape to snatch a Confederate battle flag from a demonstrator in Charleston, S.C., last year, an act that was captured on a live news broadcast. But Mr. Moye, who also went by the last name d’Baha, had spent years fighting for racial equality as an activist and protester,
The police found Mr. Moye bleeding near a mountain bike on Bienville Street in New Orleans shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday. He had been shot in the leg, and the police report said officers followed a trail of blood that led them back to a bullet fragment a few blocks away from where Mr. Moye was found.
He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died of his wounds, and the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office called the death a homicide. It remains unclear whether Mr. Moye was intentionally targeted, and the police did not answer questions about whether any suspect had been identified.
“The incident is the subject of an active and ongoing investigation,” said Beau Tidwell, a spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department. New Orleans has one of the highest murder rates in the United States, with 157 murders in 2017.
Mr. Moye was originally from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., but lived in the Charleston area and was visiting New Orleans at the time of his death, his sister Kimberli Duncan, 46, said in a phone interview on Wednesday.
“He was always fighting for justice, equality and fairness,” she said. “He always wanted to do for others. He never put himself first.”
Rest in peace to this great man. Sad, we didn’t see too many stories about this, and it really makes me think… Do BLACK LIVE REALLY MATTER???