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Police: Charleston Black Lives Matter leader may have been armed robbery victim

Muhiyyidin Moye, the leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in Charleston, was shot to death in New Orleans, his family says. (Source: GoFundMe) Muhiyyidin Moye, the leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in Charleston, was shot to death in New Orleans, his family says. (Source: GoFundMe)
Moye was shown on surveillance video released by New Orleans Police walking after the shooting. (Source: New Orleans Police) Moye was shown on surveillance video released by New Orleans Police walking after the shooting. (Source: New Orleans Police)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The shooting death of a Charleston leader of the Black Lives Matter movement may have been the result of an attempted armed robbery.

That word comes from New Orleans Police who are continuing to investigate the Feb. 6 shooting death of 32-year-old Muhiyidin Moye. 

"NOPD Homicide detectives gathered additional information and believe Moye may have been the victim of an attempted armed robbery," according to a statement released Wednesday night by New Orleans Police. "Detectives are seeking to speak with anyone who might have information about this incident."

Moye, who also went by the name Muhiyidin d'Baha, was shot early in the morning while he was on his bicycle in downtown New Orleans. Police say he died hours later at a hospital. 

Authorities released surveillance video the day after the incident showing Moye walking with his bike. The video, as edited, did not show the actual shooting.

According to New Orleans Coroner's spokesman Jason Melancon, Moye was found in the 2200 block of Bienville Street. 

Police said the shooting happened shortly before 1:30 a.m. and said Moye suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh.

Camille Weaver, his niece, said Moye attempted to ride five more blocks after the shooting.

Police reported that officers found a blood trail that extended across several streets and bullet fragments in the 1900 block of Bienville Street, about three blocks away from where Moye was found lying on the sidewalk and asking for help.

The investigation into his death is still underway, and his death has been ruled as a homicide. 

Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call NOPD Homicide Detective Brett Mathes at 504-658-5300. Citizens with information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for this homicide are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP directly and can be eligible for the cash reward of up to $5,000.

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