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    by » Fri April 19th, 2019, 17:19



    Lyra McKee: Murdered journalist's 'dreams snuffed out'

    A journalist who was shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland had her dreams "snuffed out by a single barbaric act", her partner has said.

    Lyra McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet as she was observing the violence in Londonderry on Thursday night.

    Police have started a murder inquiry and are blaming dissident republicans for the killing.

    At a vigil in Derry, Sara Canning said she had been left without "the woman I was planning to grow old with".

    She described her partner as a "tireless advocate and activist" for the LGBT community.

    "The senseless murder of Lyra McKee has left a family without a beloved daughter, a sister, an aunt and a great-aunt; so many friends without their confidante," added Ms Canning.

    "We are all poorer for the loss of Lyra."

    The rioting that led to Ms McKee's killing began in Derry's Creggan area after police carried out searches for weapons and ammunition.

    A masked gunman fired shots at police officers at about 23:00 BST and the journalist, who was standing near a police 4x4 vehicle, was wounded.

    Hundreds of people attended a vigil on Friday afternoon at the scene of her murder.

    One of Ms McKee's close friends, who went to the hospital where the journalist was taken after the shooting, told BBC News NI: "You never think you're going to get a phone call to say one of your good friends is shot.

    "It's been a unbelievable set of hours - we've just cried all day," said Kathleen Bradley.

    "We are a small group of friends and one of us is now gone.

    "Lyra was a voice - she wasn't afraid to stand up and hold her view.

    "Lyra managed to get [Sinn Féin leader] Mary Lou McDonald and [Democratic Unionist Party leader] Arlene Foster into Creggan [for the vigil] without any high security or barricades.

    "Those politicians stood amongst us today and that really is the power of Lyra."

    Sinead Quinn, another friend, said Ms McKee's journalism was "incredibly important in society".

    Books of condolence have been opened in Derry and Belfast and other vigils have been planned.

    Irish President Michael D Higgins signed the condolence book at Belfast City Hall and spoke of the "outrage" in Ireland at the murder.

    "The loss of a journalist at any time in any part of the world is an attack on truth itself," he said.

    "The circumstances in which it happened - the firing on a police force that are seeking to defend the peace process - cannot be condoned by anybody."

    The Catholic Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown, said the people of the city would "come together at this time to make clear our conviction that violence solves nothing".

    "This Good Friday there is a deep air of sadness hanging over this city," he added.

    Leading figures from the worlds of politics, journalism, activism and beyond have united to condemn Ms McKee's murder.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47990464


    Her last Tweet, moments before being murdered, gave me chills when I first read about it.

    RIP - how horrid.

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    by » Fri April 19th, 2019, 17:48

    Disgusting, our country ceases to let go of the past. I doubt this violence will end anytime soon. Being without a functioning government doesn't help either.

    It's heartbreaking that someone who was an activist for change in Northern Ireland was killed in such senseless violence. My thoughts and prayers go out to Lyra's friends and family.

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    by » Sat April 20th, 2019, 12:22

    Senseless killing, but pleased these killers have been caught quickly...

    Lyra McKee: Two teenage men arrested in connection with journalist's killing

    Two teenage men have been arrested in connection with the killing of journalist Lyra McKee.

    The pair, aged 18 and 19, were detained under the Terrorism Act.

    Ms McKee, 29, was shot as she was observing rioting in Londonderry in Northern Ireland on Thursday night.

    It happened in the Creggan estate. Violence broke out after police raids on houses in the Mulroy Park and Galliagh areas in the city.

    Ms McKee was standing near a police 4x4 vehicle with other journalists when she was shot.

    CCTV captured her final moments in the crowd and mobile phone footage showed the suspected gunman.

    The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said a gunman fired shots towards police officers at about 23:00 BST on Thursday.

    In the video, the masked attacker leans from behind cover and appears to fire shots towards police and onlookers.

    There has been widespread condemnation of the killing.

    PSNI Det Supt Jason Murphy, who is leading the investigation, described Ms McKee's death as "senseless and appalling beyond belief".

    At a vigil in Derry on Friday, Ms McKee's partner, Sara Canning, described her as a "tireless advocate and activist" for the LGBT community.

    Ms Canning said her partner's dreams had been "snuffed out by a single barbaric act" and she had been left without "the woman I was planning to grow old with".

    "The senseless murder of Lyra McKee has left a family without a beloved daughter, a sister, an aunt and a great-aunt; so many friends without their confidante," added Ms Canning.

    "We are all poorer for the loss of Lyra."

    Figures from across the political divide, including Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and DUP leader Arlene Foster, were among the hundreds of people to attend the vigil.

    One of Ms McKee's close friends, Kathleen Bradley, told the BBC: "Lyra was a voice - she wasn't afraid to stand up and hold her view.

    "Lyra managed to get Mary Lou McDonald and Arlene Foster into Creggan [for the vigil] without any high security or barricades.

    'Power of Lyra'

    "Those politicians stood amongst us today and that really is the power of Lyra."

    Other leading world figures united to condemn Ms McKee's killing.

    Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar said Ms McKee "changed lives" as a journalist and an activist and would continue to do so.

    "We stand with you as strong as your walls and for as long as they stand," he added.

    "This was an attack not just on one citizen - it was an attack on all of us, our nation and our freedoms."

    Former US President Bill Clinton said he was "heartbroken".

    Irish President Michael D Higgins signed a condolence book at Belfast City Hall and said there was "outrage" in Ireland.

    "The loss of a journalist at any time in any part of the world is an attack on truth itself," he said.

    "The circumstances in which it happened - the firing on a police force that are seeking to defend the peace process - cannot be condoned by anybody."

    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, tweeted that Ms McKee's killing was a "reminder of how fragile peace still is in Northern Ireland".

    "We must all work to preserve the achievements of the Good Friday Agreement," he said.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47996258

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