GoFundMe to help with Muhiydin D'baha Moye funeral reaches over $18K

Muhiydin Moye (Camille Weaver, GoFundMe)

A GoFundMe page for a Lowcountry civil rights activist shot and killed in New Orleans had raised almost $18,000 as of Wednesday morning.

The page was started by Camille Weaver, niece of activist Muhiydin Moye, as a way to help pay for his transportation back to Charleston and funeral costs.

Weaver says Moye was visiting New Orleans this week, but died after being shot early Tuesday morning.

Moye, 32, died in a New Orleans hospital after being shot in the thigh shortly before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, New Orleans Police confirm. The police have not released additional details about the incident.

“My older sister called me hysterically crying and I was in shock. I honestly didn’t believe her,” Weaver wrote in an email to ABC News 4.

Her uncle, Muhiyidin Moye, was one of the most prolific voices in civil rights around Charleston for the last several years, most notably under the banner of Black Lives Matter as he lobbied for greater transparency and increased public oversight of law enforcement after the Walter Scott shooting.

Most recently, Moye was active in the ongoing Confederate Flag debate.

Moye's ardent stances on occasion got him into trouble with authorities. He was arrested at an anti-Confederate Flag rally in February 2017 when he ran past police tape to strip away a Confederate Flag from the person waving it. He was charged with malicious property damage.

Moye also was arrested at a North Charleston City Council public safety committee meeting in 2016 when he interrupted the proceedings after being told he could not speak.

“The main things I will remember most about my uncle is his courage, dedication and free spirit,” Weaver wrote Tuesday. “I don’t know anyone else who was as dedicated to social justice than Moya. Never once did he back down or turn away from what he thought was right.”

“He was loving, he was funny, he was smart,” said Kemberli Duncan, Moya’s sister. She attended a Tuesday night vigil for her brother at North Charleston City Hall.

“The injustice just bothered him. It never rested well with him. He took it on as a personal battle. No matter what. And no matter what end,” Duncan said.

“He made it his job to bring unity and equality to the Charleston community,” Weaver wrote. “I’ll also remember his smile and his laugh. He was always smiling and laughing when the family got together. It’s such a tragedy that we lost him; the Charleston community mourns his passing. It still doesn’t feel real to me.”

Weaver tells ABC News 4 plans for a memorial are not yet finalized.

“We’ve been calling around to different places and figuring out how to get him back home to Charleston. Updates about any services will be provided via the GoFundMe and Facebook,” says Weaver.

The original goal for the GoFundMe page was $7,500, a number more than doubled as of Wednesday morning.

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