Lyra McKee, a 29-year-old journalist and LGBT-rights advocate from Northern Ireland, was shot dead on April 18 while covering a riot in Derry.
Her death, which rocked the journalism community, has been attributed to terrorists.
Lyra McKee was a rising star in Northern Ireland. A brilliant writer, keen observer, known for her wit and passionate politics. She was an independent journalist and an in-your-face LGBT activist. She also took on the Catholic Church and stared down rioters with equal courage.
Ina Fried, a journalist with Axios and Lyra’s friend, said: “Lyra was a ball of energy, passion and wit.” “To know her even a little was an inspiration. She brought intensity and integrity to everything she did in her too-short life.”
“Lyra was also a proud and vocal part of the LGBTQ community and sought out older queer journalists. She wanted to learn from us but I learned so much from her — particularly what true dedication looks like.” “I wish that lesson hadn’t come with such a tragic exclamation point,” she added.
Who are the suspects
Police have blamed dissident republicans for the murder. And have released CCTV footage that shows Ms McKee in the crowd.
The footage also shows the suspected gunman.
The rioting that led to Ms McKee’s killing began in Derry’s Creggan area. It began after police carried out searches for weapons and ammunition.However, it led to McKee being shot.
A masked gunman fired shots at police officers at about 23:00 BST and the journalist, who was standing near a police 4×4 vehicle, was wounded.
Heartbroken by the murder of Lyra McKee and the violence in Derry. The challenges in NI today are real–but we cannot let go of the last 21 years of hard-won peace and progress. This tragedy is a reminder of how much everyone has to lose if we do.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) April 19, 2019
McKee had been on Forbes 30 under 30 list of international activist journalists. She had also won the prestigious Sky News Young Journalist Award at only 16. In 2014 she had risen to international prominence when she wrote an essay “Letter to my 14-year-old self” about growing up lesbian in Belfast.
McKee’s essay on being gay was made into a short film. It landed her a two-book deal with international publisher Faber & Faber, renowned for publishing literary geniuses, including a dozen Nobel laureates and the poets T.S. Eliot and Sylvia Plath.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up in Lyra McKee’s name. It will go to her family for funeral expenses and however else they see fit to share her legacy.
Source – curvemag.com, bbc.com, autostraddle.com