fbpx
News

UK, Irish Leaders Attend Funeral Of Slain Journalist

Mourners wearing colorful Harry Potter scarves and Marvel superhero shirts were joined by the leaders of Britain and Ireland on Wednesday at the funeral of Lyra McKee, the journalist shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland last week.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Ireland’s President, Michael D. Higgins, were among hundreds of people celebrating the life of a young woman whose death in paramilitary gunfire has shocked a region usually inured to violence.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the leaders of Northern Ireland’s Catholic and Protestant political parties also attended the service at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.

Some of McKee’s family and friends wore Harry Potter and Marvel items in tribute to her love of those fictional worlds.

McKee, 29, was killed on Thursday as she reported on anti-police rioting in the city of Londonderry, also known as Derry.

She was the first journalist killed on the job in the UK for almost 20 years, and her death caused wide shock in Northern Ireland, still shaken by tremors from decades of violence known as the “Troubles.”

A small Irish nationalist militant group, the New IRA, said it was responsible.

Police arrested two teenagers and a 57-year-old woman but released all three without charge.

This story originally appeared in Associated Press. Image courtesy of Brian Lawless/PA via AP.

Join The Discussion

France On Red Alert As Heatwave Reach Record 45C
France On Red Alert As Heatwave Reach Record 45C [Video]
YouTube Star Who Humiliated Homeless Man Given Prison Term
YouTube Star Who Humiliated Homeless Man Given Prison Term
Two Dead And 15 Injured In Japan
Two Dead And 15 Injured In Attack On Children In Japan
Britain Brexit
Brussels Fears No-Deal Brexit Could Follow May’s Departure
Bitcoin Finishes A Volatile Week As Traders Flock To Safety
Bitcoin Finishes A Volatile Week As Traders Flock To Safety
Bitcoin's Pullback Below $10,000 Positive For Investors
Bitcoin’s Pullback Below $10,000 Positive For Investors
Bitcoin Prices Have Tripled Since December
Bitcoin Prices Have Tripled Since December-What’s Next?
Can Facebook Become A Trusted Bank
Can Facebook Become A Trusted Bank?
5 Ways Your Business Will Benefit From You Writing A Book
5 Ways Your Business Will Benefit From You Writing A Book
How Live Video Can Build Your Business
How Live Video Can Build Your Business (Infographic)
Your Startup Won't Make It To 2022 Without Video In Sales
Your Startup Won’t Make It To 2022 Without Video In Sales
The State Of Content Marketing In 2019
The State Of Content Marketing In 2019 [Infographic]
YouTube Top Music Video Clips Of All Time
YouTube Top Music Video Clips Of All Time [Video]
Facebook to Demote Slow-Loading Stories on News Feed
Facebook Adds New Ranking Factors Into News Feed Algorithm
New Tools For Messenger
New Tools For Messenger And WhatsApp
Facebook Releases New Guide
Facebook Releases New Guide On Creating Stories [Infographic]