Lyra McKee Biography – Lyra McKee Wiki
Lyra McKee born Lyra Catherine McKee, was a Northern Irish journalist and author, born and bred in Belfast city, Northern Ireland. She was an editor for the news site Mediagazer and was based in Belfast. She had written for Mosaic Science, BuzzFeed and the Atlantic.
McKee rose to prominence in 2014 after a blog post called “Letter to my 14-year-old self” in which she spoke about the struggle of growing up gay in Belfast.
McKee was an investigative reporter and editor. Her work often focused on the conflict in Northern Ireland, known as “The Troubles,” which saw decades of violence between those who wanted Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom, known as “unionists,” and those who wanted it leave and join a united Republic of Ireland, known as “republicans.” The conflict officially ended with a peace accord, the Good Friday Agreement, in 1998.
McKee was named by Forbes Magazine in the “30 under 30” list of notable media figures in 2016.
Lyra McKee Age
She was born on 31 March 1990 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She was shot dead on 18 April 2019 in Derry. She was 29 years old.
Lyra McKee Death – Lyra McKee Shooting
According to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), McKee died in Altnagelvin hospital after being wounded in the Creggan area. She was shot during riots ahead of the anniversary of the revolt that led to Irish independence from Britain.
Assistant Chief Constable for District Policing Mark Hamilton said in a statement: “At this stage we believe her murder was carried out by a violent dissident republican. This murder demonstrates all too starkly that when terrorists bring violence and guns into the community, members of the public are placed in severe danger. It is abundantly clear that they do not care who they harm. New IRA are most likely to be the ones behind this and that forms our primary line of inquiry.”
Lyra McKee Partner
Lyra McKee’s partner was Sara Canning. Sara said at a vigil in Derry, “Lyra’s death must not be in vain. Our hopes and dreams, her amazing potential was snuffed out by a single barbaric act. This cannot stand. Lyra’s death must not be in vain because her life was a shining light in everyone else’s life. Her legacy will live on in the light that she’s left behind.”
Lyra McKee Books
Angels With Blue Faces, a non-fiction book about the Troubles-era cold case murder of South Belfast MP Rev Robert Bradford, was released in 2018 and her latest book, The Lost Boys, is due for publication by Faber & Faber in 2020.
Lyra McKee Funeral
Lyra McKee’s funeral was held on Wednesday 24 April 2019 in Belfast at St Anne’s Cathedral near Ms McKee’s north Belfast home. The funeral service was attended by both UK and Irish political leaders, while her friends and family wore outfits recognising her favourite films. Mourners adorned themselves with Harry Potter scarves and T-shirts, as well as Marvel superhero-related clothing.
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Lyra McKee Twitter
McKee’s Tweets are protected and only confirmed followers have access to @LyraMcKee’s Tweets and complete profile.