Muhiydin Moye, 32, who became a notable figure in the Black Lives Matter movement after the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott in South Carolina, gained national attention a year ago when he hurled himself onto a Confederate flag on live television in Charleston, South Carolina.
Before we even heard about the death of Muhiyidin d'Baha on Tuesday afternoon, friends and supporters of his work in the local community were already offering up financial backing to help family members affected by his death.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by a woman identifying herself as Moye's niece, who writes on the page that she is raising money so the family can bring Moye's body from New Orleans back to Charleston for a funeral. You can donate to the GoFundMe now.
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.
"We are lost right now", Moye's sister Kimberli Duncan said."But we are going to find our way". "He took it on as a personal battle".
"I thank God for placing him here to be the solider that he is, that he was", Anthony Scott, a brother of Walter Scott, said during Tuesday's vigil. "I've never met anyone more committed and hardworking than him".
Moye's death occurred during a particularly violent stretch in New Orleans. "He was an asset to the Charleston community and will be greatly missed".
An officer - responding to a call of shots fired, which was upgraded to a call of aggravated battery by shooting - arrived about 1:24 a.m. Tuesday in the city's Gravier neighborhood and found Muhiydin Moye on the ground bleeding, about two blocks from University Medical Center, according to an incident report.
The GoFundMe page has already raised nearly $20,000.
The South Carolina native is best known for his legendary leap over yellow police tape, attempting to tear down a Confederate flag during a protest in Charleston, SC.
The incident was caught on camera during a live report.
The flag was being waved by a neo-Nazi who was protesting the appearance of activist Bree Newsome at the College of Charleston - who herself became an icon after climbing up a flagpole to remove a Confederate flag from the grounds of SC statehouse. It happened last February outside of a speech by activist Bree Newsome at the College of Charleston.