Belfast Telegraph

Officer pays tribute to colleagues who 'sped through burning blockade' to get tragic Lyra McKee to hospital

Flowers left at the scene where 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead (Brian Lawless/PA)
Flowers left at the scene where 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead (Brian Lawless/PA)

A PSNI officer in Londonderry has paid tribute to their colleagues who tried to save Lyra McKee's life on Thursday night.

Despite their attempts Ms McKee passed away after being shot during rioting in the Creggan area.

Police have blamed dissident republican group the New IRA for her murder.

Tributes have flooded in from across the world to the 29-year-old journalist, with many bemoaning the loss of such a talented young writer.

The local neighbourhood police officer, who did not provide their name, said that they had been working in the Derry area for 10 years and that their "heart is breaking" following the death of Ms McKee.

The officer also paid tribute to members of the public who "rushed to Lyra's aid".

"It (my heart) is breaking for the officers who gave first aid and sped her through the burning blockade to the hospital," the officer wrote on Facebook.

"It is breaking for the NHS staff who did all they could to save her. It is breaking for the reputation of this great, loving, welcoming city I’m proud to serve.

"But most of all it is breaking for the family, friends, colleagues and loved ones of Lyra McKee. What an unfathomable loss and tragedy they are facing today."

The officer appealed to people not to judge Derry by the murder of Ms McKee.

Lyra McKee was shot and killed when guns were fired and petrol bombs were thrown in Londonderry (Family handout/PA)
Lyra McKee was shot and killed when guns were fired and petrol bombs were thrown in Londonderry (Family handout/PA)

"We saw police with politicians and church leaders from all sides stood in Creggan today mourning together. Judge us by that," they wrote.

"We’ve seen thousands of people from every part of the city coming out and saying, “not in my name”. Judge us by that.

"Come visit the City on any day and experience the warmth, humour and love of its inhabitants. Judge us by that."

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph