Journalist shot dead in Londonderry ‘had her dreams snuffed out’

A journalist shot dead by dissident republicans had her dreams snuffed out by a barbaric killing, her partner said.

Lyra McKee, 29, was shot in the head during disturbances in Londonderry on Thursday evening.

Her partner Sara Canning said it was a senseless murder.

“Our hopes and dreams and all of her amazing potential was snuffed out by this single barbaric act.”

She said it has left so many friends without their confidante.

“Victims and LGBTQI community are left without a tireless advocate and activist and it has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with.

She added: “This cannot stand, Lyra’s death must not be in vain because her life was a shining light in everyone else’s life and her legacy will live on and the life that she has left behind.”

Police have blamed the anti-peace process New IRA for the killing after it fired handgun shots aimed at their officers in the Creggan estate.

Detectives believe the violence was orchestrated in response to an earlier search by officers aimed at averting imminent trouble.

They said more than one person was involved in the murder.

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