Police seek help to identify suspect in Lyra McKee murder

Police investigating the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry have called for the public's assistance in identifying a short, stocky suspect they believe is responsible for her death.

Releasing footage of the suspects, PSNI Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said that people in the area at the time of the murder saw this young man and his associates.

"I think people in the community know who they are and I'm asking them today to come forward to help us," Mr Murphy said.

"I'm releasing footage today from the night of Lyra's murder and I want to appeal to anyone who recognises or knows these people to talk to us."

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Prime Minister Theresa May following the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.
Floral tributes at the funeral of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast.
Sara Canning (left), Lyra McKee�s partner, walks behind the murdered journalist�s coffin as it is carried from St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast.
Family of Lyra McKee with her partner Sara Canning (right, short blonde beside lady with red hair) walk behind Lyra's coffin as Prime Minster Theresa May (Church doorway) offers her condolence to Lyra's mother after the funeral of the murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn following the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.
President Michael D Higgins embraces Sara Canning, partner of Lyra McKee, after the funeral service for the murdered journalist at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.
Sara Canning (left), partner of Lyra McKee, after the funeral service for the murdered journalist at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.
President Michael D. Higgins, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (left) and DUP leader Arlene Foster (right) following the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.
Prime Minister Theresa May, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Secretary of State Karen Bradley (left) outside the cathedral following the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Prime Minister Theresa May after the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.
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Mourners listen to the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee outside St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.
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(left to right) SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, DUP leader Arlene Foster, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O'Neill, Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Tony Lloyd and labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn before the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.
DUP leader Arlene Foster with Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O'Neill before the funeral service for murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.
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Three men – one said to have been carrying a crate of petrol bombs – were seen walking across Central Drive in Creggan area a minute before the killing.

Speaking about the main suspect, Mr Murphy said: "He is shorter than both of the other men and is of stocky build.

"It is of my belief that he is the gunman that fired indiscriminately into the crowd and placed the community and police officers at risk.

"I believe he is the person who took the life of Lyra McKee."

Mr Murphy said the PSNI has received widespread support from people in Derry, adding that they have the information to unlock details of who is responsible for Ms McKee's death.

He made a direct appeal to the gunman asking him to come forward and explain why he fired the shots and explain to Ms McKee's family why she died.

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