The 32-year-old civil rights activist and a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in Charleston was reportedly shot and killed in New Orleans early Monday morning.
Muhiyidin d’Baha was shot in the leg and died of blood loss in a New Orleans hospital, an ABC news affiliate in New Orleans reported Tuesday. The coroner’s office in New Orleans confirmed his death.
The activist had been shot by a stranger while biking in New Orleans’ Gravier neighborhood, according to CNN on Wednesday. A bullet and a hat were found nearby and a camera in the area faced where the shooting likely took place, according to a police report obtained by CNN. It was not immediately clear if the camera captured any of the event.
A GoFundMe page was started by someone who identified herself as d’Baha’s niece to raise money to bring d’Baha’s body back to Charleston and help with funeral costs.
“My name is Camille and I am the niece of Muhiyyidin D’baha (or Moya as many of us knew him),” she wrote on the fundraising page. “On 2/5/18 around 1:00am, Moya was shot. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. around 9-9:30am we received a phone call saying that he had died due to excessive blood loss. We don’t have many details, but will update as soon as we do.”
By about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the page had over 2,200 shares and 625 people had donated $21,971, well over the family’s $7,500 goal.
“For all who have stood on the battlefield of social justice activism in the Lowcountry and throughout our State, we’ve lost a great brother to senseless gun violence today,” Pastor Thomas Dixon wrote in a public Facebook post on Tuesday. Dixon is the head of the activist group The Coalition and a candidate for mayor of North Charleston in 2019, Charleston City Paper reported.
“He had so much life and energy and intellectual curiosity and capacity and love and positive energy,” a friend of d’Baha wrote on Facebook. “The last thing he said to me was that he was doing community work out of town and that he was learning so that he could come back to Charleston and help empower the people. He was loved by all of his friends and respected by all those who want to see social and racial justice in Charleston. We all have lost so much, so very much, whether you know it or not.”