UPDATE (1 a.m. EDT April 23): The New IRA, an Irish republican paramilitary group, has accepted responsibility for the killing of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee. In a statement
“In the course of attacking the enemy, Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces,” the group told the newspaper on Tuesday, adding that it offered its “full and sincere apologies to [McKee’s] partner, family and friends.”
The IRA statement was published on the heels of the
Police in Northern Ireland have issued an appeal to the local community for help.
Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said
“Clearly my consideration is whether those two individuals acted as individuals or in collusion with other individuals, and I’m keen for the community to come forward to help me to answer those questions,” Murphy
A 29-year-old journalist
Lyra McKee was fatally struck by gunfire at around 11 p.m.
Officers took McKee to hospital in a back of a Land Rover, but “she died from her injuries,” Hamilton said in a statement Friday. The shooter remained at large.
Friends, colleagues, politicians, readers and other journalists flooded Twitter with tributes to McKee, whose 2014 heartfelt
British Prime Minister Theresa May described McKee’s death as “
Seamus Dooley, the Irish secretary of the National Union of Journalists, said McKee was a journalist “of courage, style and integrity.”
McKee’s stories on the fallout from years of violence in Northern Ireland were featured by numerous international news sites,
She inked a two-book deal with publishing house Faber in 2018. Her first, titled “The Lost Boys,”
Violence flared in the Creggan area of the city after police conducted searches for firearms and explosives, following intelligence that attacks were planned over Easter ― which the Belfast Telegraph notes is when “
Hamilton said a crowd gathered around police at around 9 p.m. “and before long upwards of 50 petrol bombs were thrown at officers. Two vehicles were also hijacked and set on fire.”
Around two hours later, Hamilton continued, about 100 people were in the area, “including young people and members of the media. It was around this time that the gunman fired a number of shots.”