Lyra McKee profile: a respected young voice of peace and tolerance

Lyra McKee profile: a respected young voice of peace and tolerance

Lyra McKee profile: a respected young voice of peace and tolerance

"Sadly, I can confirm that following shots being fired tonight in Creggan, a 29-year-old woman has been killed", he said, referring to the Creggan neighborhood in Londonberry.

Police said they did not believe she was working at the time of the attack. The news agency distributed images of burned-out vehicles and heavily armed police near the scene of the attack.

After earlier appealing for calm when a number of shots were fired in the Irish nationalist Creggan area of the city, police confirmed shortly after midnight that the 29-year-old female journalist had died.

Leona O'Neill, who was at the scene, said she called an ambulance for the journalist.

Police are treating the woman's death in Londonderry overnight as a "terrorist incident".

She appeared on Forbes' European 30 under 30 list for media in 2016, with the magazine saying her "passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about".

"Those who brought guns onto our streets in the '70s, '80s & '90s were wrong", Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster said on Twitter.

"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.


"It is equally wrong in 2019". This comes off the back that 2018 was one of the deadliest ever for journalists according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Videos posted on social media showed police vehicles being pelted with what O'Neill said were dozens of petrol bombs, bricks, bottles and fireworks.

Police said a group known as the New IRA "are likely to be the ones behind this".

The violence came in the run-up to the Easter weekend, when Republicans opposed to the British presence in Northern Ireland mark the anniversary of a 1916 uprising against British rule. The fact that she lost her life doing her job on the streets of Derry, the city where the Troubles started 50 years ago, underlines that default that continues to hold the city back.

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

Her senseless tragic death, however, underscores how Northern Ireland is still far away from being a normal society 21 years to the day after the Belfast agreement was reached on Good Friday 1998.

He tweeted: "I ask the authorities to shed full light on the death of the journalist LyraMcKee, killed during the clashes last night in Londonderry". Her partner, Sara Canning, told a vigil that McKee's awesome potential had been snuffed out. "Feel sick." Fellow journalist Peter McGuire said Ms McKee was a "gifted writer, a kind person and SO generous with her time and knowledge".

Meanwhile, the UK's Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said she was "shocked and saddened" by the news and offered her thoughts and condolences to the McKee family.

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