A Black Lives Matter activist who once snatched a Confederate flag from a racist protestor on live television was killed Tuesday in New Orleans.
Muhiyidin Moye was shot while riding his bike at 1 a.m., according to local news reports. His death has been ruled a homicide.
Moye was arrested in Charleston, S.C. almost a year ago for trying to grab a confederate flag from a demonstrator who was outside an event hosted by Bree Newsome. Newsome was the activist who famously climbed a flagpole to take a down Confederate flag outside the South Carolina State House.
Moye, also know as Muhiyidin d’Baha, flew over the police tape to grab the offensive flag mid-air. His actions were caught on camera by a local TV station, and the video went viral.
According to the Huffington Post, Moye was a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in Charleston. He was in New Orleans for personal reasons.
“He was a strong leader who deeply understood the role of community and the power of helping other people recognize that role,” DeRay Mckesson told USA Today.