Game of Thrones actor Beattie backs 'walk for peace' for Lyra McKee
Northern Ireland actor Ian Beattie has given his backing to a memorial walk for murdered journalist Lyra McKee.
Beattie, who plays Ser Meryn Trant in Game of Thrones, extended his support in a video posted online last night.
He said the 29-year-old represented all that was good and positive in the world.
Lyra was shot on April 18 while observing rioting in Londonderry.
The New IRA said its members carried out the killing.
A "walk for peace" from Belfast to Londonderry is being organised in her memory, and will take place from May 25 to 27.
#IanBeattie speaks to Lyra's family and Sara. He also shares his support for the new movement springing up in her memory. Thank you, Ian, you beautiful man. @LyrasWalk #lyraswalk #lyramckee pic.twitter.com/xNO7e6KKPY— BelfastBre (@BelfastBre) May 12, 2019
Beattie said: "I'm so sorry I couldn't attend Lyra's funeral but I was out of the country filming.
"I may not be able to attend Lyra's walk either, but I fully, fully support Lyra's walk."
Addressing Lyra's family, including her partner Sara Canning, directly, Beattie added: "Lyra's death was a senseless, senseless tragedy.
"She stood for nothing but good, nothing but positives in this world. In particular her championing of equal rights for all, including the gay, lesbian and transgender community, is something that I support with all of my heart and all of my soul.
"So if I'm not there on the day I will be there in spirit for Lyra's walk."
Beattie said Lyra's family would remain in his thoughts and prayers.
He added: "While her death was a tragedy and while loved ones leave us, their love never goes away. The love stays with you, and you can wear it like a cloak of armour."