Lyra McKee: Murdered journalist's 'dreams snuffed out'

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Brendan Gallagher

A journalist who was shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland had her dreams “snuffed out by a single barbaric act”, her partner has said.

Lyra McKee, 29, was struck by a bullet as she was observing the violence in Londonderry on Thursday night.

Police have started a murder inquiry and are blaming dissident republicans for the killing.

At a vigil in Derry, Sara Canning said she had been left without “the woman I was planning to grown old with”.

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Media captionLyra McKee was one of Northern Ireland’s most promising journalists, says the NUJ

She described her partner as a “tireless advocate and activist” for the LGBT community.

“The senseless murder of Lyra McKee has left a family without a beloved daughter, a sister, an aunt and a great-aunt; so many friends without their confidante,” added Ms Canning.

“We are all poorer for the loss of Lyra.”

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