She had heart of gold: Tributes for journalist Lyra McKee murdered in Derry disorder
Tributes have flowed for the journalist Lyra McKee who was murdered at the scene of rioting in Derry.
Police have opened a murder investigation and are treating it as a "terrorist incident".
News of the 29-year-old's killing spread quickly on social media in the early hours of Friday morning with many paying tribute.
Lyra was well known not just in Belfast but across the UK and in many parts of the world. She worked mainly as a freelance writer and had worked for Thomson Reuters Foundation.
She was author of 'Angels With Blue Faces' on the Troubles murder of the Reverend Robert Bradford, the MP for South Belfast and had been investigating the disappearance and young men during the Troubles for her second book.
She was said to have a "promising writing career ahead of her".
As well as the Belfast Telegraph she has been published in the Independent, the Atlantic and Buzzfeed, as well as numerous newspapers and magazines in Northern Ireland and internationally.
In 2014, a piece about growing up gay in Belfast, "Letter To My 14 Year-Old Self", went viral.
In 2016 she was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in media in Europe and Sky News young journalist of the year.
"Shocked by news that woman shot dead in Derry last night has been named locally as @NUJofficial Lyra McKee," said Seamus Dooley, National Union of Journalists Irish Secretary.
"We are shocked by killing of a journalist of courage, style and integrity. Sympathy to her partner, family and many friends."
Louis McConnell welfare officer of the NUJ added: "Lyra was a young woman with a very powerful and admirable viewpoint on life."
Broadcaster and journalist Chris Moore added: "Lyra was a dogged determined journalist but had a heart of gold. We will all miss her."
Commentator Ruth Dudley Edwards said: "Lyra McKee and I were long-time friends. She recognised no barriers to friendship except bigotry & badness.
"Her commitment & talent were about to bring her undreamt of success as a writer & she was in a loving relationship. What a sickening waste of a lovely, gifted human being!"
Shocked by news that woman shot dead in Derry last night has been named locally as @NUJofficial Lyra McKee. We are shocked by killing of a journalist of courage, style and integrity. Sympathy to her partner, family and many friends. @kathrynjohnston— Séamus Dooley (@Seamusdo) April 19, 2019
In 2017 Lyra McKee gave one of the best @TEDxStormont talks I’ve heard on social and religious intolerance, stigma and life in general - here’s a link https://t.co/kmWFeesYrs pic.twitter.com/lIfB6hRcJb— Chris Brown (@CB_PRandPA) April 19, 2019
I followed @LyraMcKee on @Twitter. She was shot tonight in Derry and she died.— Philip Nolan (@philipnolan1) April 19, 2019
Absolutely pointless. A journalist doing her job. I didn’t know her personally so I send all my sympathy tonight to those who did. Another light extinguished in our darkening world.
Lyra McKee and I were long-time friends. She recognised no barriers to friendship except bigotry & badness. Her commitment & talent were about to bring her undreamt of success as a writer & she was in a loving relationship. What a sickening waste of a lovely, gifted human being!— Ruth Dudley Edwards (@RuthDE) April 19, 2019
A journalist has been killed covering riots in Derry. Her name was Lyra McKee. She was 29. She recently signed a two-book deal with Faber, who called her a "rising star of investigative journalism". This is her last tweet, sent from the scene of the unrest. pic.twitter.com/0gk1Fa7Du0— Naomi O'Leary (@NaomiOhReally) April 19, 2019
I just can't believe it. I hope the community in Derry shun those terrorists and if they know who fired the shot, go to @PoliceServiceNI . @LyraMcKee deserves nothing less than that. She was a kind, gentle, witty and stubborn soul.— Ann Travers (@AnnTravers6) April 19, 2019
Lyra McKee was dedicated to covering the lasting trauma & violence of the Troubles. Devastating to hear she was killed tonight by that same violence.— Lilly Dancyger (@lillydancyger) April 19, 2019
I was Lyra’s editor on this story, and it was an honor. Sharing her work now is all I can think to do. https://t.co/conwNzyjnF
Waking up to the shocking news that journalist @LyraMcKee was shot dead last night in Derry/Londonderry by the 'New IRA'. She was 29. A brilliant reporter, writer and human being. Always there, always supportive. Thinking of her family and friends. A dark day for NI journalism.— Rodney Edwards (@rodneyedwards) April 19, 2019
#LyraMcKee, one of Belfast's true characters. Gifted, driven and an absolute geg to be with - Lyra had that heaven-sent ability to chat with absolutely anyone and make them feel they were with a friend. All of her hard work was finally paying off too ffs. What a loss. pic.twitter.com/extxe9Fd0S— Ciarán MacAirt (@ciaranmacairt) April 19, 2019
Lyra McKee RIP: “We were the Good Friday Agreement generation, destined to never witness the horrors of war but to reap the spoils of peace. The spoils just never seemed to reach us.” https://t.co/g1fMdpqT5f— Martin Doyle (@MartinDoyleIT) April 19, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lyra McKee. Disgusting murder by terrorists who have needlessly cut short a young life. Society needs to reject these people once and for all. @ChiefConPSNI @PoliceServiceNI @NIPolicingBoard https://t.co/MAV5Ua1htg— PFNI (@PoliceFedforNI) April 19, 2019
This introduced so many to Lyra McKee.— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) April 19, 2019
"The Ceasefire Babies was what they called us. We were the Good Friday Agreement generation, destined to never witness the horrors of war but to reap the spoils of peace. The spoils just never seemed to reach us"https://t.co/Rs2oiOTbDa
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