Lyra McKee

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Lyra McKee
McKee in 2017
Lyra Catherine McKee

(1990-03-31)31 March 1990
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died18 April 2019(2019-04-18) (aged 29)
Derry, Northern Ireland
Cause of deathAssassination (gunshot wounds)
Alma materBirmingham City University (M.A.)
  • Angels with Blue Faces (2019)
AwardsForbes 30 Under 30 (2016)

Lyra Catherine McKee (31 March 1990 – 18 April 2019) was a Northern Irish journalist. She had worked for The Atlantic and BuzzFeed News. She was also an editor for Mediagazer. She wrote two non-fiction books about the Troubles, Angels with Blue Faces (2019) and The Lost Boys (2020). She was signed to publisher Faber and Faber at the time of her death.[1] She was born in Belfast.[2] She was openly gay.[3]

Death[change | change source]

On 18 April 2019, McKee was shot to death in Derry during the riot. She was 29 years old. [1][2] The New IRA were blamed for her assassination. Prime Minister Theresa May called the murder "shocking and senseless."[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ferguson, Amanda (19 April 2019). "Off-duty journalist shot dead during Northern Ireland riot". Reuters. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Baynes, Chris (19 April 2019). "Lyra McKee: Woman shot dead was journalist 'of courage, style and integrity', as tributes made to victim of Northern Ireland violence". The Independent. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  3. "Lyra McKee: Murdered journalist's 'dreams snuffed out'". BBC News. 19 April 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  4. "Lyra McKee murder: Journalist shot dead during Derry rioting". BBC News. 19 April 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.