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Journalist Lyra McKee's Murder Suspects Released Without any Charge

Updated On 22 Apr, 2019 Published On

Two teenagers arrested on Saturday for questioning the death of journalist Lyra McKee have been released without any charges.

A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said,

Two males, aged 18 and 19 ... have been released,

The teenagers were taken in custody on Saturday under the Terrorism Act.

Lyra McKee was shot on Thursday night while the journalist was covering riots that broke out in LondonDerry, Northern Ireland.

The deceased journalist was standing next to a police locomotive when a bullet struck her head.

She was rushed to a local hospital where she later died.

Police authorities held dissident Republican groups responsible for Thursday’s mishap.

Officials have made an appeal for further information after the men were released.

Jason Murphy, a detective of PSNI said,

We have received very positive support from the community, but we need to convert this support into tangible evidence that will enable us to bring Lyra’s killers to justice,” 

I am continuing to appeal for those people who were in Fanad Drive and Central Drive on Thursday night and who have mobile phone footage to please come and speak with my detectives.

I know there will be some people who know what happened but are scared to come forward but if you have information, no matter how small, please contact detectives.

After Lyra McKee’s death, one of her closest friends, Kathleen Bradley, said Lyra's death should end armed violence in LondonDerry.

She said,

Lyra’s legacy will be in this town that guns don’t solve anything, guns should never be used for anything and her legacy will be that we will keep her name and spirit going amongst us,

A very clear message has been given from not only the people of this town but wider afield to say that this is not okay, this is not acceptable, this is not justifiable. It has to stop, nothing is worth a life. Nothing.

McKee’s partner, Sara Canning, has also said the journalist's death should not go in vain.

She appealed to the mass,

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.