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Murdered journalist Lyra McKee

Murdered journalist Lyra McKee

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Murdered journalist Lyra McKee

The family of murdered journalist Lyra McKee has expressed gratitude to the public for the outpouring of support they have received since she was killed by the New IRA in Londonderry.

The 29-year-old journalist was shot dead in the Creggan area of the city on April 18 during a riot.

The New IRA has accepted responsibility for the murder, saying one of its "volunteers" was engaging the PSNI as officers carried out searches in the area.

In a statement Lyra's family thanked all those who had supported them "through the darkest times".

"The outpouring of love, respect and admiration for our dear Lyra, has been of great comfort to us in these dark days," the statement read.

"To know that our wee Lyra was so well-loved across the Globe and by people of all walks of life, is a true testament to her personal philosophy and her vision for the world."

The family thanked all those who said a prayer, shared a thought, sent a message, attended a vigil, visited her home, respected their privacy or did "any other positive act" in response to her murder.

"We appreciate every single sentiment no matter how small. These things have helped to give us some strength while we are at our weakest," Lyra's family said.

"Whilst we have been both honoured and overwhelmed by requests for events in Lyra’s name or inspired by Lyra. We respectfully request that before anyone uses her life or death for any purpose that they consider her legacy of inclusivity and understanding.

"We know that as our nightmare continues in the weeks, months and years ahead, that we will not be alone. We know that you will all continue to support us and we know that we will all rejoice together on the day that justice is achieved for our Lyra.

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The coffin of journalist Lyra McKee is taken out of the church after her funeral  at St Anne's Cathedral on April 24, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The coffin of journalist Lyra McKee is taken out of the church after her funeral at St Anne's Cathedral on April 24, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Prime Minister Theresa May pictured at  the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Prime Minister Theresa May pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee

Irish Prime minister Leo Varadkar (R) and Prime Minister Theresa May (C) leave St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24, 2019, after attending the funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP/Getty Images)

Irish Prime minister Leo Varadkar (R) and Prime Minister Theresa May (C) leave St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24, 2019, after attending the funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP/Getty Images)

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Irish President Michael D Higgins consoles Sara Canning, partner of the murdered journalist Lyra McKee as her funeral takes place at St. Anne's Cathedral (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Irish President Michael D Higgins consoles Sara Canning, partner of the murdered journalist Lyra McKee as her funeral takes place at St. Anne's Cathedral (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Funeral and service of thanksgiving for journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast.  Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.  Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn(centre) and Irish President Michael D Higgins(right) pictured at and  at the funeral.  

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Funeral and service of thanksgiving for journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn(centre) and Irish President Michael D Higgins(right) pictured at and at the funeral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Mourners and friends pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast.

Mourners and friends pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast.

Mourners react as the coffin of journalist Lyra McKee, who was killed by a dissident republican paramilitary in Northern Ireland on April 18, is placed into a hearse following her funeral at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24, 2019. - Lyra McKee, 29, who chronicled the troubled history of Northern Ireland, was shot in the head on April 18, 2019, as rioters clashed with police in Londonderry, the second city of the British province. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Mourners react as the coffin of journalist Lyra McKee, who was killed by a dissident republican paramilitary in Northern Ireland on April 18, is placed into a hearse following her funeral at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24, 2019. - Lyra McKee, 29, who chronicled the troubled history of Northern Ireland, was shot in the head on April 18, 2019, as rioters clashed with police in Londonderry, the second city of the British province. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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Funeral and service of thanksgiving for journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast.  Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.  Mourners and friends pictured at the funeral.  

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Funeral and service of thanksgiving for journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Mourners and friends pictured at the funeral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee

Mourners listen to the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee outside St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 24, 2019. Miss McKee, 29, died as a result of injuries sustained when she was shot on the Creggan estate on April 18. See PA story FUNERAL McKee. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Mourners listen to the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee outside St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 24, 2019. Miss McKee, 29, died as a result of injuries sustained when she was shot on the Creggan estate on April 18. See PA story FUNERAL McKee. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Mourners gesture as pallbearers carry the coffin of journalist Lyra McKee (29), who was killed by a dissident republican paramilitary in Northern Ireland on April 18, during the funeral service at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24, 2019.

Mourners gesture as pallbearers carry the coffin of journalist Lyra McKee (29), who was killed by a dissident republican paramilitary in Northern Ireland on April 18, during the funeral service at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24, 2019.

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The funeral of Journalist Lyra McKee takes place at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

The funeral of Journalist Lyra McKee takes place at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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The funeral of Journalist Lyra McKee takes place at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

The funeral of Journalist Lyra McKee takes place at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Mourners gather outside of St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24, 2019, during the funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee who was killed by a dissident republican paramilitary in Northern Ireland on April 18. - Lyra McKee, 29, who chronicled the troubled history of Northern Ireland, was shot in the head on April 18, 2019, as rioters clashed with police in Londonderry, the second city of the British province. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Mourners gather outside of St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24, 2019, during the funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee who was killed by a dissident republican paramilitary in Northern Ireland on April 18. - Lyra McKee, 29, who chronicled the troubled history of Northern Ireland, was shot in the head on April 18, 2019, as rioters clashed with police in Londonderry, the second city of the British province. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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Mourners gesture as pallbearers carry the coffin of journalist Lyra McKee (29), who was killed by a dissident republican paramilitary in Northern Ireland on April 18, during the funeral service at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24, 2019. - Lyra McKee, 29, who chronicled the troubled history of Northern Ireland, was shot in the head on April 18, 2019, as rioters clashed with police in Londonderry, the second city of the British province. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Mourners gesture as pallbearers carry the coffin of journalist Lyra McKee (29), who was killed by a dissident republican paramilitary in Northern Ireland on April 18, during the funeral service at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24, 2019. - Lyra McKee, 29, who chronicled the troubled history of Northern Ireland, was shot in the head on April 18, 2019, as rioters clashed with police in Londonderry, the second city of the British province. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

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The coffin is carried into the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

The coffin is carried into the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

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The coffin is carried into the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 24, 2019. Miss McKee, 29, died as a result of injuries sustained when she was shot on the Creggan estate on April 18. See PA story FUNERAL McKee. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The coffin is carried into the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 24, 2019. Miss McKee, 29, died as a result of injuries sustained when she was shot on the Creggan estate on April 18. See PA story FUNERAL McKee. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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General view of the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÕs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. 
Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.

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General view of the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÕs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

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Prime Minister Theresa May paying her condolences to the family of Lyra McKee

Prime Minister Theresa May paying her condolences to the family of Lyra McKee

Mourners listen to the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee outside St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

Mourners listen to the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee outside St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar , Prime Mnister Theresa May and President Michael D Higgins before the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar , Prime Mnister Theresa May and President Michael D Higgins before the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

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Mourners arrive for the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

Mourners arrive for the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

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Mourners embrace ahead of the funeral of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

Mourners embrace ahead of the funeral of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

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Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish President Michael D Higgins pictured at he funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. 
Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish President Michael D Higgins pictured at he funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prime Minister Theresa May pictured at  the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. 
Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prime Minister Theresa May pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein leader Mary-Lou McDonald at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast.

DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein leader Mary-Lou McDonald at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast.

President Michael D Higgins before the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

President Michael D Higgins before the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

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A mourner arrives carrying a wreath for the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

A mourner arrives carrying a wreath for the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster with Sin Fein's Mary Lou McDonald and  Michelle O'Neill before the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

DUP leader Arlene Foster with Sin Fein's Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O'Neill before the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

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PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton. The funeral of Journalist Lyra McKee takes place at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton. The funeral of Journalist Lyra McKee takes place at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald arrives for the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald arrives for the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

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Leo Varadkar arrives for the funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee at St Annes Cathedral on April 24, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Leo Varadkar arrives for the funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee at St Annes Cathedral on April 24, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 24:  The congregation arrive for the funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee at St Annes Cathedral on April 24, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Journalist and campaigner for LGBT rights, Lyra McKee, 29, was shot dead last Thursday while observing the rioting in Londonderry. Her family gave a statement in which they said her "openness and her desire to bring people together made her totally apolitical". The New IRA have admitted responsibility for her killing. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 24: The congregation arrive for the funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee at St Annes Cathedral on April 24, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Journalist and campaigner for LGBT rights, Lyra McKee, 29, was shot dead last Thursday while observing the rioting in Londonderry. Her family gave a statement in which they said her "openness and her desire to bring people together made her totally apolitical". The New IRA have admitted responsibility for her killing. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Wednesday 24th April 2019 

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Sinn Fein leader Mary-Lou McDonald  pictured at he funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. 
Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye Northern Ireland Wednesday 24th April 2019 Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Sinn Fein leader Mary-Lou McDonald pictured at he funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

The hearse carrying the body of murdered journalist Lyra McKee arrives at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

The hearse carrying the body of murdered journalist Lyra McKee arrives at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

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Sinn Fein leader Michelle and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. 
Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Sinn Fein leader Michelle and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Wednesday 24th April 2019 

Sinn Fein leader Michelle and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. 
Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye Northern Ireland Wednesday 24th April 2019 Sinn Fein leader Michelle and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald before the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 24, 2019. Miss McKee, 29, died as a result of injuries sustained when she was shot on the Creggan estate on April 18. See PA story FUNERAL McKee. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald before the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 24, 2019. Miss McKee, 29, died as a result of injuries sustained when she was shot on the Creggan estate on April 18. See PA story FUNERAL McKee. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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President Michael D Higgins before the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 24, 2019. Miss McKee, 29, died as a result of injuries sustained when she was shot on the Creggan estate on April 18. See PA story FUNERAL McKee. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins before the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 24, 2019. Miss McKee, 29, died as a result of injuries sustained when she was shot on the Creggan estate on April 18. See PA story FUNERAL McKee. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Press Eye Northern Ireland

Wednesday 24th April 2019 

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. 
Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye Northern Ireland Wednesday 24th April 2019 Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Wednesday 24th April 2019 

Simon Coveney TD at  the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. 
Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye Northern Ireland Wednesday 24th April 2019 Simon Coveney TD at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye Northern Ireland

Wednesday 24th April 2019 

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. 
Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye Northern Ireland Wednesday 24th April 2019 SDLP leader Colum Eastwood at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye Northern Ireland

Wednesday 24th April 2019 

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn pictured at  the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. 
Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye Northern Ireland Wednesday 24th April 2019 Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Mike Nesbitt pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Mike Nesbitt pictured at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Michelle O'Neill, Vice President of Sinn Fein arrives for the funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee at St Annes Cathedral on April 24, 2019 in Belfast

Michelle O'Neill, Vice President of Sinn Fein arrives for the funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee at St Annes Cathedral on April 24, 2019 in Belfast

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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald arrives for the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald arrives for the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Naomi Long Alliance Party Leader at  the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee. 
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Naomi Long Alliance Party Leader at the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

General view of the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of  journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. 
Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

General view of the funeral and service of thanksgiving for the life of journalist Lyra McKee at St AnneÄôs Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast. Lyra McKee was murdered in Creggan in Derry on Thursday 18th April. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

The funeral of Journalist Lyra McKee takes place at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

The funeral of Journalist Lyra McKee takes place at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Mourners begin to gather for the funeral of Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Mourners begin to gather for the funeral of Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on April 24th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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The coffin of journalist Lyra McKee is taken out of the church after her funeral at St Anne's Cathedral on April 24, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

"Until then, know that your continued love, support and sympathy will be our spiritual manna.

"In gratitude and love, The family of Lyra McKee."

The death of the talented journalist has put pressure on Northern Ireland political parties to re-enter talks to restore Stormont, with Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley saying there is a "narrow window" in which progress can be made to re-establish devolved powersharing.

There has also been widespread political condemnation of dissident republicans, who have admitted responsibility for the murder.

In an interview with the Sunday Times a member of the New IRA said: "There is nothing we can say that will offer any comfort to her family. Anything we may say sounds like a hollow apology.

"There was no planned [paramilitary] operation in the Creggan that night.

"It was our intention to engage with the crown forces when they started searching house in the Creggan that led to the death. That poor woman got caught in the street violence."

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