A Black Lives Matter activist who went viral for trying to take down a Confederate flag during a protest on live TV was fatally shot in Louisiana on Tuesday, according to police.
Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, who was also known as Muhiyidin d’Baha, was shot in the thigh while riding his bicycle at around 1:25 a.m., New Orleans police told the Advocate.
He was taken to the hospital, where he died from excessive blood loss, according to his niece Camille Weaver who set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral.
Police have not released any information about potential suspects or a possible motive, if any, behind the shooting.
Moye, a Black Lives Matter leader in Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct last year for trying to snatch a protester’s Confederate flag.
Moye was captured on a live news broadcast launching himself across police tape, grabbing the flagpole, and trying to wrestle it away from a protester outside the College of Charleston.
Members of the South Carolina Secessionist Party were protesting a speech by Bree Newsome, a filmmaker and activist who famously brought down the Confederate flag outside the South Carolina State House.
The GoFundMe page Weaver set up has raised more than $14,350 so far.