Lyra Mckee, 29, died after being shot in the head as she was reporting on the civil unrest in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.(Picture: AFP/Getty)Two teenagers who were arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra Mckee have been released without charge.
The pair, aged 18 and 19, had been held under the Terrorism Act after they were suspected members of the dissident republican group the ‘New IRA’.
Miss Mckee, 29, died after being shot in the head as she was reporting on the civil unrest in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
It is believed a gunman aiming to kill police hit her after firing during a riot in the Creggan estate.
Her funeral will be held in her native Belfast on Wednesday, with mourners being asked to wear Harry Potter or Marvel clothing to the service.
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 (Picture: PA)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 Police Service of Northern Ireland have expressed their concerns that a ‘new breed of terrorist’ has emerged in recent years.
British Gas engineer stalked ex-girlfriend by hacking into her security camerasDS Jason Murphy said terrorists were lurking in the shadows.
He told a press conference: ‘What we are seeing is a new breed of terrorist coming through the ranks and that for me is a very worrying situation.’
DS Murphy said there had been a sea change in community attitudes and that was demonstrated in the revulsion expressed by many at Thursday evening’s killing.
Lyra’s final moments were caught on CCTV (Picture: PSNI)Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O’Neill said: ‘To those young people circling these people consider what type of future you want for your kids and grandkids – there are two futures on offer – one of peace, opportunity and Irish reunification.
‘Or one of death, imprisonment which serves no cause, community or people. Ask yourself what type of life and what type of Ireland do you want to be part of?
Man, 24, stabbed to death in huge fight outside pub‘It is high time these people disbanded and ended their futile actions which are a barrier to achieving Irish unity.’
She addressed a commemoration of the Easter Rising battle for Irish independence at the City cemetery in Londonderry on Sunday.
Republicans carried photos of former IRA members killed during the 30-year conflict.
Police are still seeking those responsible for the killing (Picture: PSNI)Mrs O’Neill said: ‘Sadly, what we have here is a small number of people caught in a time warp who have self-appointed themselves to carry out actions which are pointless, anti-peace, anti-community and frankly, antiquated.’
Catholic bishop Donal McKeown addressed Mass-goers on Sunday at a church just yards from where Miss McKee and her partner Sara Canning had made their home.
He said: ‘So, on this Easter morning, we gather with deep sadness in our hearts and without any simplistic message about the Resurrection.
‘Exhausted’ pony filmed collapsing in Lidl car park‘But we gather with faith in a God who can write straight on crooked lines – and for whom love is always stronger than hatred.’
The New IRA is an amalgam of armed groups opposed to the peace process and it recently claimed responsibility for parcel bombs sent to London and Glasgow in March.
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 Rising.