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Black Lives Matter Activist Who Ripped Confederate Flag Down Has Been Shot Dead

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Black Lives Matter Activist Who Ripped Confederate Flag Down Has Been Shot Dead

Muhiyidin d'Baha became a national icon for some in America when he ripped down a Confederate flag from a white protestor in Charleston, South Carolina last year.

Despite the man holding the flag being stood behind yellow tape, the Black Lives Matter activist flew through the air to take down an image he associated with oppression and racism.

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Unfortunately, according to local media reports, d'Baha was been shot while riding his bike in New Orleans, at around 1am local time.

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He was taken to hospital but despite doctors' best efforts, he was pronounced dead due to excessive blood loss. No motivation has been suggested for the attack, with police yet to reveal further details about the shooting.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by his niece Camille J Weaver, which has already exceeded its initial target of $7,500 and is currently sitting on $19,385. Ms Weaver says: "His body is currently in New Orleans; LA and we are raising money to bring him home to Charleston and then have a memorial service and funeral for his family and friends.

"This is all so unexpected, so any contribution will help."

A little more than 500 people have pledged the incredible amount of funds, with donors expressing how much Muhiyidin meant to them.

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Sarah wrote: "You represented the very best of America."

Protests erupted in 2015 when the Confederate flag was ordered off the state house of Columbia, South Carolina. Credit: PA
Protests erupted in 2015 when the Confederate flag was ordered off the state house of Columbia, South Carolina. Credit: PA

Kathleen said: "Muhiyidin was my hero the day he ripped that flag down. I did not know him, but anyone with that fire and courage is an important soul in my book. My deepest sympathy to his family and may he rest in peace."

While Katherine commented: "I am grief-stricken. I can't believe Muhiyidin is gone. He had one of the most beautiful souls I've ever known. He was immensely gifted in so many ways. But his power of Love was his greatest gift. I'll miss you, my Brother, more than I can say in words."

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Camille says the remaining money will be given to Mr d'Baha's sister Kimberli.

Muhiyidin's infamous moment last year saw him charged with disorderly conduct and malicious injury to real property.

Thomas Dixon, head of the activist group The Coalition and a mayoral candidate for North Charleston says he plans to stand outside City Hall this evening to 'peacefully remember Muhiyidin and to pray', according to The Charleston City Paper, and anyone else who wants to pay their respects is more than welcome.

Featured Image Credit: Viral Hog

Topics: Black Lives Matter, News, US News

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