PSNI Charge Two Over Murder of Journalist Lyra McKee

The Police Service of Northern Ireland announced on Thursday that they had charged two men with the 2019 murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry, whose death sparked outrage in the British-run province, as well as throughout the LGBT community in Ireland and Britain.

The men, aged 21 and 33, were also charged with rioting and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, the PSNI said in a statement. The men were due in court on this week.

Lyra McKee was a passionate campaigner for LGBT rights in Northern Ireland, penning a 2014 letter to her teenage self about being gay, which was adapted into a short film.

The New IRA, one of a small number of groups that oppose the 1998 peace accord that ended three decades of conflict between opponents and supporters of British rule, said one of its members shot the 29-year-old reporter dead when they opened fire in the direction of police during a riot McKee was watching.

Police charged a 52-year-old man with McKee’s murder last year, while saying more than one person was involved in the crime and the man who had fired the shot that killed her remained at large.

(First reported and published by, and republished with permission from, Thomson Reuters Foundation. Reporting by Amanda Ferguson and Conor Humphries; Editing by Karishma Singh)

About Scott De Buitléir

Scott De Buitléir is an author and poet from Dublin, Ireland. He is founder of EILE Magazine, a digital publication for the Irish LGBT community, and has published several works of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. He lives in Cork with his partner.
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