Activist Who Snatched Confederate Flag From White Protester Dies From Gun Wound

Glen Norman
February 8, 2018

Moye, who also went by the name Muhiyidin d'Baha and was known to family and friends as "Moya", drew national attention for his activism after he jumped over a police tape barrier to take a Confederate flag from a demonstrator in Charleston in 2016.

Before we even heard about the death of Muhiyidin d'Baha on Tuesday afternoon, friends and supporters of his work in the local community were already offering up financial backing to help family members affected by his death.

In the hopes of bringing d'Baha's body back to Charleston for a funeral, his niece that had raised nearly double its $7,500 goal by Wednesday. You can donate to the GoFundMe now.

Weaver has reached out to thank donors for helping her family at a hard time, writing: "I can say that our family is beyond appreciative for the outpouring of love and support we've received today".

"We are lost right now", said Moye's sister Kimberli Duncan."But we are going to find our way".

Walter Scott's brother, Anthony Scott, says Moye helped their family get justice after the shooting of his brother.

Following the news Tuesday that Moye had died, Thomas Dixon, a pastor and political activist, remembered Moye as a "brother" and "soldier". "I've never met anyone more committed and hardworking than him".

"He was a strong leader who deeply understood the role of community and the power of helping other people recognize that role", Mckesson said.

"I can only say, at this time, that I'm keeping his family and community in prayer", Newsome said.

New Orleans Police responded Tuesday at approximately 1:30 a report of a shooting on Bienville Street where they found Moye suffering a gunshot wound, according to an incident report. A GoFundMe page was set up for funeral costs and it has raised more than $14,000, despite only having a $7,500 goal. His defiant act of snatching the Confederate flag was caught on live TV.

An attorney for the police department said that the incident report citing aggravated battery was the only one available, and that "the signal was recently changed to a homicide". It happened last February outside of a speech by activist Bree Newsome at the College of Charleston.

The flag was being waved by a neo-Nazi who was protesting the appearance of activist Bree Newsome at the College of Charleston - who herself became an icon after climbing up a flagpole to remove a Confederate flag from the grounds of SC statehouse.

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