Police release teens arrested in death of journalist Lyra McKee

Police release teens arrested in death of journalist Lyra McKee

Police release teens arrested in death of journalist Lyra McKee

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's major investigation team are questioned the suspects in Belfast before the release.

But Det Supt Jason Murphy added that more evidence is needed to charge him.

McKee, 29, was killed late Thursday while she was standing near police officers during rioting in the city of Londonderry.

But he said he was unable to convert that intelligence into evidence to bring people before court.

"I really do believe that there is strength in numbers and it's a real opportunity for Creggan to retake control of its own community". The PSNI continues to appeal to the Creggan community for help and is exploring ways to protect witnesses.

McKee, who wrote for publications including The Atlantic and Buzzfeed News, was hit by a stray bullet that was likely meant for police as riots unfolded in the city of Londonderry on Thursday night.

Ms McKee's funeral will take place in her native Belfast on Wednesday. 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 chairman of dissident republican group Saoradh has called on the New IRA to apologise for the murder of Lyra McKee.

It comes as the Free Derry corner was repainted with graffiti to disown those responsible for the killing.

McKee was wounded by a gunman firing shots at police and onlookers as cars were set on fire around her, petrol bombs were thrown at emergency vehicles and fireworks exploded.

The paramilitary group wants to unite Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland and rejects the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

One community worker told the Sunday Times: 'Tensions had been rising in the area and there is a strong belief that they were being stoked by dissidents for the benefit of the film crew'.

"As the dead have slipped through our fingers, we pray trust in the Risen Jesus they will be at peace and we will find peace at their passing", said Bishop McKeown.

Figures from across the political divide in Northern Ireland, including Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O'Neill and DUP leader Arlene Foster, also condemned the shooting and paid tribute to Kyra McKee.

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