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Friday 20 September 2019

Teens held over Lyra's fatal shooting released without charge

Murdered Lyra McKee
Murdered Lyra McKee

Two teenagers arrested in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee have been released without charge.

The journalist (29) was shot in the head on the Creggan estate in Derry on Thursday night.

The males, aged 18 and 19, were released yesterday evening, the PSNI confirmed.

Detectives from the PSNI Major Investigation Team continue to appeal for help from the local community in Creggan.

"We have received very positive support from the community, but we need to convert this support into tangible evidence that will enable us to bring Lyra's killers to justice," said Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy.

"We will continue to work positively and sensitively with the local community to achieve this.

Appeal

"I am continuing to appeal for those people who were in Fanad Drive and Central Drive on Thursday night and who have mobile phone footage to please come and speak with my detectives and provide us with your mobile phone footage," he added.

CCTV released by the force captured the journalist's final moments at around 10pm.

She was seen standing among a crowd of other innocent bystanders, her phone raised in the air, apparently to photograph the violence.

Tributes to the writer were led by her partner, Sara Canning.

Ms Canning said Ms McKee's "amazing potential was snuffed out by this single barbaric act".

Former US president Bill Clinton was among those to pay tribute to Ms McKee, whose funeral is on Wednesday at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

"It's going to be a celebration of her life and if people would like to wear Hufflepuff, Harry Potter or Marvel-related items I know she would love it," Ms Canning said.

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