CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It has been one year since the leader of Charleston’s Black Lives Matter movement was killed on a New Orleans street.
Muhiyidin Moye, 32, died on Feb. 6, 2018, after being shot while riding his bike in New Orleans.
Family and friends gathered near the statue of Denmark Vesey at Hampton Park Saturday at noon to pay tribute to Moye, also known by the last name D’baha, and mark the first anniversary of his death.
Organizers requested that attendees bring candles for a vigil, djembes, any drums, any musical instruments, flags, or banners to remember him.
“A year later, people are still coming out, still sad. He was such a bright light,” Kimberli Kennedy-Duncan, Moye’s sister said during the event.
His sister says he would be proud of how well the people close to him are still pushing for equality in his memory.
“He fought for something people wanted to fight for, he was very educated about it, nonviolent, matter of fact, all inclusive of all races and religions, we never thought it would end like this,” Duncan said.
On the evening of his killing, people paid tribute to him at a vigil outside North Charleston City Hall.
Anthony Scott, the brother of Walter Scott, who was shot to death by a former North Charleston Police officer in 2015, said Moye helped their family get justice.
Activist Pastor Thomas Dixon, who organized the Feb. 6, 2018, vigil, called Moye one of the most charismatic people he had ever met, adding that Moye had a quality “that just drew people to him.”
Rep. Wendell Gilliard called the death “a great loss to all of us in the state of South Carolina and to the Black Lives Matter organization that he so loved.”
Also at that vigil, Moye’s sister, Kimberli Duncan, said his fight for justice was his passion.
“He took it on as a personal battle,” she said.
Moye gained national attention in 2017 when he jumped a barricade outside the Sottile Theatre to try and take away a Confederate Flag from another man outside a lecture given by Bree Newsome. Newsome climbed a 30-foot flagpole and temporarily removed the South Carolina State House’s Confederate flag in 2015.
The incident was caught on camera during a live report.
A New Orleans man was indicted in Moye’s murder in November. He faces a mandatory lifetime sentence on the second-degree murder charge if convicted.