Journalist & # 39; assassinated by New IRA & # 39; was planning to introduce her girlfriend in just two weeks

Journalist & # 39; assassinated by New IRA & # 39; was planning to present her & # 39; love for her & # 39; friend in just two weeks during a romantic trip in New York, revealing grieving friends

  • L.yra McKee, 29, was planning to introduce girlfriend Sara Canning (35) in two weeks
  • She was shot last week next to a police patrol in Londonderry
  • A friend said McKee had bought a ring and was already planning the wedding
  • Two teenagers, 18 and 19 years old, arrested under terrorist laws have been released

The journalist who was shot in Northern Ireland was planning to & # 39; the love her life & # 39; to present during a dream trip to New York in two weeks.

Lyra McKee (29) had excitedly talked to friends about her plans and even invited them to a wedding scheduled for 2021 before she was shot last week.

The heartbreaking revelation came when her friend Sara Canning (35) emotionally appealed to information to help police track down people responsible for the killings.

Lyra McKee, 29, was planning to introduce a friend, Sara Canning (35), to New York in two weeks. Manning Canning described Lyra McKee as her & # 39; soul mate & # 39; and the love of her life [File photo]

Lyra McKee, 29, was planning to introduce a friend, Sara Canning (35), to New York in two weeks. Manning Canning described Lyra McKee as her & # 39; soul mate & # 39; and the love of her life [File photo]

She was standing next to Miss McKee on a police patrol in Londonderry when the journalist was struck by a stray bullet that was probably fired by a shooter from the republican terrorist group from New IRA.

Miss Canning said: “No one deserves to be shot, no one should go home without the person they love. No family can lose their child. & # 39;

She described Miss McKee as her & # 39; soulmate & # 39; and encouraged the witnesses to share all images of the incident with the police.

& # 39; She was the love of my life, the most impressive but modest person in life, and the only person I wanted to grow old with. My heart is broken. No cause is worth the loss of Lyra, & she said.

A message of support in Londonderry. Miss McKee was killed while living with spectators at the republican residential complex Creggan, while a crowd threw fireworks and gas bombs on Thursday night

A message of support in Londonderry. Miss McKee was killed while living with spectators at the republican residential complex Creggan, while a crowd threw fireworks and gas bombs on Thursday night

A message of support in Londonderry. Miss McKee was killed while living with spectators at the republican residential complex Creggan, while a crowd threw fireworks and gas bombs on Thursday night

Days before her death, Miss McKee had told a friend, Ann Travers, about her plans.

She said: & # 39; Lyra went to New York with Sara in two weeks and she was so excited because she wanted to introduce her. & # 39;

Miss Travers, 49, said Miss McKee had bought a ring and was already planning the wedding.

& # 39; Lyra asked if I would come and I said "of course", then she told me it would be in 2021. I had to stop laughing because it was just like Lyra. She was so enthusiastic about everything, even with the fact that the wedding was in two years.

& # 39; Knowing Lyra, she would have carefully planned the proposal and had a nice place to do it. It was very important to her and this is so heartbreaking.

& # 39; Ever since she met Sara, everything had come together, her writing and her book deal [about the Troubles] and everything just went really, really great. & # 39;

Northern Ireland is the only country in the UK where same-sex marriage is illegal, but Miss McKee intended to marry Miss Canning in Donegal, Republic.

A photo shows the testimonials on the ground in the Creggan area of ​​Derry in honor of Lyra McKee, with the text & # 39; not in our name & # 39 ;. Miss Travers, 49, said Miss McKee had bought a ring and was already planning the wedding

A photo shows the testimonials on the ground in the Creggan area of ​​Derry in honor of Lyra McKee, with the text & # 39; not in our name & # 39 ;. Miss Travers, 49, said Miss McKee had bought a ring and was already planning the wedding

A photo shows the testimonials on the ground in the Creggan area of ​​Derry in honor of Lyra McKee, with the text & # 39; not in our name & # 39 ;. Miss Travers, 49, said Miss McKee had bought a ring and was already planning the wedding

Political leaders condemned the attack and insisted that Northern Ireland not be dragged back to the past.

Miss McKee was killed while living with spectators at the republican residential complex Creggan when a crowd threw fireworks and gasoline bombs on Thursday night.

The police had previously attacked houses in search of weapons in an attempt to disrupt a possible paramilitary plot to kill the police during the Easter weekend.

Two teenagers, 18 and 19 years old, arrested under terrorism laws were released by the police last night.

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