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Police attend the scene of a shooting, in which journalist Lyra McKee was killed, on Fanad Drive on April 19, 2019 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

'Senseless'

Two teens arrested in connection with death of 29-year-old journalist in Northern Ireland

By WITW Staff on April 22, 2019

Update: The two teenagers arrested in connection with the death of Lyra McKee have been released with no charges filed. On Tuesday, a 57-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the shooting death.

Two teenagers have been arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with the shooting death of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee.

On Thursday, McKee was covering riots sparked by police raids against suspected militant nationalists in the border town of Derry. Shots were fired and she was struck and killed. Shortly before her death, she tweeted a photo of the chaos with the caption, “Derry tonight. Absolute madness.”

The shot that struck McKee was “fired indiscriminately,” according to Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy. “The gunman showed no thought for who may have been killed or injured when he fired these shots.”

The two suspects, ages 18 and 19, have not been identified. They were arrested under a terrorism law and are being held in custody in Belfast.

The riots took place in a neighborhood where many Irish nationalists live. It was once a place of widespread violence during the period of history known as the Troubles, when Irish nationalists battled with U.K. loyalists and British troops in Northern Ireland. The Good Friday Agreement, which ended the Troubles, was signed 21 years to the day before McKee’s death.

On Friday, at a vigil honoring McKee, her partner, Sara Canning, called her death a “senseless murder.”

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar also condemned the killing, calling it “an attack on all of us, our nation and our freedoms.”

Read more at the Washington Post.

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