Journalist killed during rioting in Co Derry

Journalist killed during rioting in Co Derry

During her speech, Ms Pelosi said: "Sadly, Mr Speaker, we join you on the sadness of the tragedy that happened last night, we extend our condolences to the family, and your moment of silence at this time, on Good Friday is especially poignant", she said.

Lyra McKee, 29, from Belfast was an innocent bystander shot in the head by dissident republicans during disturbances in Londonderry on Thursday evening. Her partner, Sara Canning, told a vigil that McKee's wonderful potential had been snuffed out.

Seamus Dooley, Irish secretary of the National Union of Journalists, wrote: "Shocked by news that woman shot dead in Derry last night has been named locally as @NUJofficial Lyra McKee".

In that moment "you will feel like a prisoner who has been given their freedom", she says.

The tragic loss of McKee reminds us that journalism remains a unsafe business at times, and that you do not have to operate in regions of the world such as Syria, Iraq or parts of Africa to run the risk of losing your life in pursuit of the truth.

A murder investigation has been launched. "As we move into the Easter weekend I would appeal for calm and ask everyone with influence in the community to work together to ensure there are no further acts of violence".

Speaking in Dublin, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the people of Ireland and Northern Ireland had chosen peace and cooperation 21 years ago and will not be "dragged into the past" by political violence. They are set to publish her book The Lost Boys next year.

A car-bombing and the hijacking of two vans in Londonderry earlier this year were also blamed on a dissident paramilitary group.

Police said they did not believe she was working at the time of the attack. "We condemn such violence, and we are confident that the United Kingdom authorities will ascertain the exact circumstances of this tragic event", he said.

The rioting was in response to a house search that a large number of officers conducted in the area, O'Neill said.

"The blame for last night lies squarely at the feet of the British crown forces, who sought to grab headlines and engineered confrontation with the community", it said.

It was close to 11pm when the gunman fired shots, resulting in McKee's death.

"I unreservedly condemn those responsible for killing this young woman".

"Alongside her journalistic work Lyra had a promising future as a novelist and in a relatively short career was recognised as a bright, intelligent reporter".

He added: "But not only is it a murder of a young woman, it is an attack again on the people of this city".

She dedicated her TEDx talk, in Northern Ireland's parliament buildings, to those killed by a terrorist in Orlando's Pulse nightclub in 2016 and LGBT people who had committed suicide.

It is believed that McKee was wounded by gunshots fired by a single gunman - whom the PSNI believe to be a violent dissident republican - and subsequently died from her injuries.

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