Two men accused of murdering journalist Lyra Mckee


Two men stand accused in the murder of journalist Lyra Mckee who was shot while covering the Londonderry riots in 2019

  • Ms McKee, 29, was gunned down by dissident Republicans in Londonderry in 2019
  • The men were also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent
  • Extremist group calling themselves New IRA claimed responsibility for the murder










Two men have been charged with the murder of Belfast journalist Lyra McKee.

The 29-year-old was gunned down by dissident Republicans in Londonderry in April 2019 as she watched riots in the city’s Creggan neighborhood.

The extremist group that calls itself the New IRA has claimed responsibility. The two men who were charged with his murder are 21 and 33 years old.

They were also charged with possession of firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life, riot, possession of Molotov cocktails, throwing Molotov cocktails and arson. The 33-year-old has also been charged with robbery.

Ms McKee (pictured), 29, was gunned down by dissident Republicans in Londonderry in April 2019 as she watched riots in the Creggan area

A third man, 20, has been charged with rioting, possession of Molotov cocktails and throwing Molotov cocktails.

All three are scheduled to appear in Londonderry Magistrates’ Court via video link on Friday morning.

A 19-year-old man also arrested in the same operation has been released pending a report to the prosecution.

The extremist group that calls itself the New IRA was responsible for the murder.  Pictured: Ms McKee's funeral

The extremist group that calls itself the New IRA was responsible for the murder. Pictured: Ms McKee’s funeral

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis welcomed this development.

“The tragic murder of Lyra McKee was a reminder that a small minority of individuals continue to seek to harm communities,” he said.

“It was a completely senseless and shocking crime and I applaud the continued work of the PSNI to bring those responsible to justice.

“The fact that serious charges have been laid, which include two people charged with the murder of Lyra, is to be warmly commended and a testament to this hard work.

“I would like to thank the PSNI and the security partners for their dedication to keeping the people of Northern Ireland safe.”

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