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'Your pain is my pain': Arlene Foster urges Catholics and Protestants to come together during Lyra McKee vigil

DUP leader Arlene Foster has urged Catholics and Protestants to come together in the wake of the murder of Lyra McKee by dissident republicans.

Mrs Foster made the comments during a symbolic visit to the nationalist Creggan area of Londonderry on Friday for the vigil.

It was the DUP leader's first visit to the area where Ms McKee was shot dead on Thursday night.

She was warmly welcomed by a crowd of hundreds that gathered for the vigil.

Mrs Foster urged the community to send a message to those behind Ms McKee's murder.

"Of course this is not the first time I have been in this wonderful city, but it is the first time I have been in this part of this wonderful city," the DUP leader said.

"Why did I come today? I came to stand in solidarity with all of the people who are here today.

"I want to say your pain, is my pain. It doesn't matter whether you are Catholic or a Protestant. Whether you identify as Irish or British."

The Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA said that the killing of Ms McKee would not extinguish hope of a brighter future for the people of Northern Ireland.

"When people come out with guns to shoot people from their own community, then we have to say, enough is enough," Mrs Foster said.

A vigil is held for Lyra McKee in Fanad Drive Creggan on April 19th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held for Lyra McKee in Fanad Drive Creggan on April 19th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Lyra McKee was shot and killed when guns were fired and petrol bombs were thrown in Londonderry (Family handout/PA)

"Thank you for your welcome today. I come with my party colleagues to simply stand with you today and on this holy day of Good Friday, do remember that there is an Easter Sunday and there is hope and we look forward to that hope.

"I ask you to cling on to that today."

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