Two Suspects Charged with Murder of Northern Irish Journalist
Two suspects have been charged in Northern Ireland with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee, police said. The victim was shot dead in 2019 while reporting riots in Londonderry, also known as Derry.
The new charges bring the number of murder suspects to three. A 52-year-old man was charged last year with the murder of 29-year-old McKee. Police said that several people were involved in the murder and that the gunman was still at large.
The men (aged 21 and 33) are also charged with, among other things, rioting, possession of a firearm with the intent to endanger life and arson. They were arrested on Wednesday along with two others. A 20-year-old man has been charged with rioting, possession of Molotov cocktails and throwing Molotov cocktails. The other detainee, a 19-year-old man, has been provisionally released pending an investigation.
McKee was at work when she was shot in the head on April 18, 2019. A masked person fired it at the police. McKee was standing next to a police car. The New IRA has admitted that one of its members is responsible for McKee’s death. Supporters of the militant Republican group opposed the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 that ended decades of violence between Irish nationalists and pro-British loyalists.