Lyra McKee’s partner says their ‘hopes and dreams’ have been ‘snuffed out by single barbaric attack’

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Lyra McKee’s partner says their ‘hopes and dreams’ have been ‘snuffed out by single barbaric attack’


Lyra McKee and her partner Sara Canning
Lyra McKee and her partner Sara Canning
Top left, Lyra McKee and her partner Sara Canning; below, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald and DUP leader Arlene Foster at a vigil in Derry
DUP leader Arlene Foster (right) speaks with Sara Canning (left), the partner of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, at a vigil in Derry, following her death last night after guns were fired and petrol bombs were thrown in what police are treating as a “terrorist incident”.
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Journalist Lyra McKee died after being shot on Thursday (Family handout/PA)

A journalist shot dead by dissident republicans had her dreams snuffed out by a barbaric killing, her partner said.

Lyra McKee, 29, was shot in the head during disturbances in Derry on Thursday evening.



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Lyra McKee

Her partner Sara Canning said it was a senseless murder.

“Our hopes and dreams and all of her amazing potential was snuffed out by this single barbaric act.”



Sinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald (left), DUP leader Arlene Foster (right) with Sara Canning (centre), the partner of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, at a vigil in Derry Photo: Brian Lawless/PA WireSinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald (left), DUP leader Arlene Foster (right) with Sara Canning (centre), the partner of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, at a vigil in Derry Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald (left), DUP leader Arlene Foster (right) with Sara Canning (centre), the partner of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, at a vigil in Derry Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

She said it has left so many friends without their confidante.

“Victims and LGBTQI community are left without a tireless advocate and activist and it has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with.

She added: “This cannot stand, Lyra’s death must not be in vain because her life was a shining light in everyone else’s life and her legacy will live on and the life that she has left behind.”

Police have blamed the anti-peace process New IRA for the killing after it fired handgun shots aimed at their officers in the Creggan estate.

Detectives believe the violence was orchestrated in response to an earlier search by officers aimed at averting imminent trouble.

They said more than one person was involved in the murder.

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