In memory of Lyra McKee

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Last night, investigative journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead in a terrorist incident on the streets of Derry. A gunman shot her in the head as she attempted to cover riots on the Creggan area of the city.

I had the pleasure to know Lyra, who was one of the nicest, smartest nad most decent people I have ever met. Lyra was part of a new generation of Northern Irish journalists (and young people) who had moved past sectarian identities and wanted to build a more progressive, more peaceful Northern Ireland. Lyra was a powerful advocate for LGBTi rights, civil liberties and human rights.

Lyra was also an incredible investigative journalist. She was in Forbes 30 Under 30 List, had a growing international reputation and was working on her second book.

I had the pleasure to get to know Lyra through her working on the grassroots campaign to reform the law of libel in Northern Ireland. Lyra was a passionate defender of press freedom and exposing the truth.

You don't expect journalists to be killed anywhere. For it to happen to a friend, in a (troubled) democracy, is just unbelievable. I feel so sad for Lyra's family. She was an incredible person and I will really miss her x

*All the money in this Gofundme will go to the family of Lyra McKee for funeral expenses and to decide on her legacy.*
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Lyra was a freelance member of the National Union of Journalists. NUJ General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet has sent us a message in support of this campaign:

“Lyra’s killing is a shocking tragedy, one that has senselessly cut short the career of a journalist and author who had already achieved so much. Lyra was a proud member of the NUJ’s Belfast and District Branch where she had many friends and colleagues, and was known for her integrity, wit and determination. The NUJ’s thoughts and collective condolences are with her partner Sara, Lyra’s mum and the rest of her family and friends. She will be much missed in the union and the wider industry. We would wholeheartedly encourage donations to this fund as a practical act of solidarity in memory of Lyra, to assist her partner and family at this awful time.”
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