Black Lives Matter leader dies in New Orleans shooting

08 February, 2018, 13:19 | Author: Kim Reid
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A Charleston Black Lives Matter activist who gained virality for trying to take down a Confederate battle flag from a protestor previous year, has been killed.

It appeared that d'Baha received several shots in his thigh around 1:30 a.m. local time early Tuesday before he was rushed to a local hospital in New Orleans where he succumbed to his wounds. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting.

A police report says an officer answering a call about a gunshot found him on the ground, asking for help near the Treme (truh-MAY) neighborhood and about eight blocks from the French Quarter.

"No further information on this incident is now available", police spokesman Gary Scheets said in an email.

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The responding officer saw a traffic camera and a vehicle fix business's surveillance camera in the area, according to the police report.

After the incident, which resulted in charges for d'Baha, the activist told the Washington Post he had charged at the demonstrator after seeing elders he was speaking to look fearful at the sight of the Confederate flag.

Dozens of activists took to social media to express their sadness at Moye's death, including well-known Black Lives Matter organizer Deray McKesson, who tweeted that Moye was "a force and an incredible guy". Following the 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man killed by a white North Charleston police officer, Moye became a key advocate for Scott's family.

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

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He was taken to hospital but despite doctors' best efforts, he was pronounced dead due to excessive blood loss. Moye's family told SC news outlets Muhiyidin Elamin Moye was his legal name.

Kim Duncan, d'Baha's sister, says that her brother had left Charleston in December "just to get away for a while", according to The Charleston Chronicle, an African-American newspaper in Charleston.

The community held a vigil at North Charleston City Hall Tuesday night where family and friends spoke.

"[D'baha's] body is now in New Orleans, LA, and we are raising money to bring him home to Charleston and then have a memorial service/funeral for his family and friends", Weaver wrote on the website.

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