Sister of Lyra McKee vows to support her killer if they come forward
A sister of murdered journalist Lyra McKee has vowed to “support” her killer if they hand themselves in to police.
Nichola Corner said failure was not an option as she urged justice for her family and praised those who have given evidence to police.
Ms McKee, 29, was shot in the head by dissident republican group the New IRA while observing clashes with police in the Creggan estate in Londonderry last month.
Ms Corner said she would come to any police station to meet whoever admitted to shooting the talented journalist dead and help him through the experience – saying she was speaking in Lyra’s name.
Her comments come as hundreds gathered for a rally at the conclusion of a three-day peace walk in memory of Lyra.
Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody also joined the peace walk on the last leg on Monday ahead of the rally at Derry’s Guildhall Square.
Ms Corner held the 1998 Good Friday Agreement aloft as she urged politicians to do a deal to end the threat of bombs and bullets once and for all.
She was applauded by a crowd of hundreds at the city centre square.
“Here, in front of all of these people present, in the name of my sister, I offer to support you in the difficult task of coming forward and accepting responsibility for your actions,” she added.
“I know that is not going to be easy, and it is certainly not going to be easy for me.
“But I am prepared to go there, I am prepared to have that difficult conversation, I am prepared to be there as you hand yourself in.
“I promise you here and now that I will meet you at any police station, anywhere on this island, to support you in taking the brave step of handing yourself in and allowing my sister the justice she deserves.”
During the funeral a priest asked Northern Ireland’s politicians why it took the death of a 29-year-old woman to unite their parties.
The latest talks process designed to restore devolved political powersharing was launched soon after the murder.
Weeks after her murder the Police Service of Northern Ireland released videos which appeared to show the moment a gunman fired the shots which killed the journalist.