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.

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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.