LGBT+ community pays tribute to Lyra McKee on first anniversary of her murder

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04/20/2020

On Saturday, April 18, the LGBT+ community paid tribute to writer Lyra McKee marking the first anniversary of the journalist’s death. Under the hashtag #WeStandWithLyra, the digital commemoration united people in remembrance and solidarity of the inspiring journalist. On April 18 2019, McKee was fatally shot by a dissident republican gunman while watching a riot in Derry city’s Creggan estate. The Northern Irish journalist was aged just 29 when she died. Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović issued a post on Saturday calling on authorities “to bring the perpetrators to justice and protect journalists [especially] those covering organised crime, paramilitary activities and legacy issues, from threats in Northern Ireland.” Here NI, a charity working to improve the lives of lesbian and bisexual women in Northern Ireland paid tribute to McKee, adding its members were thinking of her partner Sara Canning and her family.

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