The 18th of April turned out to be a tragic day for the media in general, as Irish Journalist Lyra McKee was killed while observing rioting in Londonderry. And tributes have since been pouring in for the 29-year old
Lyra was described by her family as a “gentle, innocent soul” whose “desire to bring people together made her totally apolitical”. Lyra came from a catholic background which was reflected when her funeral was held at the protestant St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.
Since Lyra’s death, the new IRA claimed responsibility for her murder. They have come out and expressed their “full and sincere apologies” to her family and friends.
Lyra McKee was a member of the NUJ LondonFreelance group. Richard Edwards, who is based in Leeds, is a fellow member of the association and paid tribute to Lyra on Twitter.
Richard is one of many journalist who have come out to send their condolences to Lyra’s family and friends.
By Sam Geen.