Northern Ireland police free 2 men held in reporter's death

Brenda Watkins
April 22, 2019

Ms McKee, 29, died after she was struck by a bullet as she observed rioting in the Creggan estate on Thursday night.

Dissident republicans behind rioting that led to the murder of a journalist in Londonderry should "cease their activities", the Sinn Féin leader has said.

She said the people of Derry and beyond had echoed this sentiment "with one voice" following Ms McKee's "brutal killing".

A message at Free Derry Corner said: "Not in our name, RIP Lyra" with a heart painted beside it.

Detectives investigating the killing of the journalist Lyra McKee have encountered a "sea change" in attitudes towards dissident republicans.

"The one liberation they require in that community is liberation from Saoradh", he said.

Police let the 18- and 19-year-old men go Sunday night and appealed to anyone with information about whoever killed Lyra McKee to come forward.

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Bishop McKeown added: "We don't want to be laboured with a reputation that comes from a small group that represents a small number of people but is actually a danger to all of us".

McKee's partner, Sara Canning, spoke at the vigil.

In an emotional speech, Canning said McKee's murder left her "without the love of my life, ' and Northern Ireland's LGBTI community 'without a tireless advocate and activist". She said her partner's "hopes and dreams and all of her fantastic potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act".

A new breed of terrorist is coming through the ranks in Northern Ireland, the detective leading the hunt for her killers has said.

McKee was watching with a crowd of bystanders as local youths attacked police with petrol bombs and set cars on fire, video footage showed.

Police described the shooting as a "terrorist incident" and believe the violence was orchestrated in response to an earlier search by officers aimed at averting imminent trouble associated with this week's anniversay of Easter Rising.

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and former USA president Bill Clinton have expressed their condolences.

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