Published: Mon, April 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Free Derry Corner repainted after Lyra McKee murder

Free Derry Corner repainted after Lyra McKee murder

Lyra McKee, 29, an award-winning journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead on Thursday as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid.

The landmark Free Derry Corner has been repainted to include the words "not in our name - RIP Lyra" to reflect community revulsion felt at the killing.

The partner of murdered journalist Lyra McKee has spoken of how she has been robbed of the woman she thought she would grow old with.

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Saoradh, translating to liberation in Irish, is a grouping which has the support of the dissident republican group the New IRA.

Bishop Donal McKeown told BBC Radio Ulster's Sunday Sequence programme: "The one liberation they require in that community is liberation from Saoradh". "It's going to be a celebration of her life and if people would like to wear Hufflepuff, Harry Potter, or Marvel related items, I know she would love it", she said.

The leaders of Northern Ireland's five main political parties have released a joint statement following the killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry on Thursday night.

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He said a clear message had been sent to the gunmen from communities in the Creggan estate where the tragedy occurred, and across Ireland.

Her death, which follows a large vehicle bomb in the city in January, raised fears that small marginalized militant groups are trying to exploit political tensions caused by Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

The PSNI confirmed last night that two men, aged 18 and 19, who were arrested in connection with the murder of Ms McKee had been released without charge.

Police believe the violence was orchestrated in response to an earlier search by officers aimed at averting imminent trouble associated with this week's anniversary of the Easter Rising.

Politicians around the world condemned the shooting, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, a key player in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement peace accord, saying he was "heartbroken".

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