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A 57-year-old woman arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee

Lyra was shot in the head in Derry on April 18

2019-04-23

A 57-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.

On April 18, the openly gay journalist – who was born and raised in Belfast - was shot in the head in Derry, Northern Ireland, while standing near a police vehicle and following her tragic death, the New IRA group admitted responsibility for the murder.

In a statement to The Irish News, the New IRA said: “On Thursday night following an incursion on the Creggan by heavily armed British crown forces which provoked rioting, the IRA deployed our volunteers to engage.

"We have instructed our volunteers to take the utmost care in future when engaging the enemy, and put in place measures to help ensure this.

"In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces.

"The IRA offer our full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death."

Now a 57-year-old woman has been arrested under the terrorism act and has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite.

It was reported that Lyra had moved to Derry to live with her partner while she continued her role as an editor for the California-based news site Mediagazer.

Her funeral will be held in Belfast on Wednesday.