A Louisiana leader of Black Lives Matter was shot to death in February and officers arrested the alleged killer.
New Orleans Police detained 26-year-old Roosevelt Iglus on Tuesday for the murder of Muhiyidin d’Baha, whose real name is Muhiyidin Moye.
The 32-year-old was shot in the thigh while riding his motorcycle near the Treme neighborhood. Before the incident, a man reportedly approached him minutes before. The person “unsuccessfully tried to knock the victim from his bicycle”, The Times-Picayune reported. d’Baha drove away and was found on the ground by officers who responded to the dispatch call. He later died at a local hospital from his injuries.
Police were informed by a Crime-stoppers tip that pointed towards Iglus as the shooting suspect. The tipster identified him as the shooter and said he was armed with a 9 mm gun. The person also said Igus drove a white Jeep and surveillance cameras spotted a white SUV driving away from the crime scene at the time of d’Baha’s shooting.
Spokesman Aaron Looney told CBS in an email that authorities did not list a motive, but said it could have been a robbery attempt. The suspect has been charged with second-degree murder and his bond is set at $505,000.
The victim was originally from Charleston, South Carolina and resided in New Orleans. d’Baha is most known for a 2017 viral video that showed him leaping over police tape and grabbing a Confederate flag from a white protester.
DeRay Mckesson, who’s a Black Lives Matter advocate told the news station, “He was a strong leader who deeply understood the role of community and the power of helping other people recognize that role.”