Four Arrested In Connection With Murder Of Lyra McKee

Two teenagers were among those arrested under Terrorism Legislation as part of the PSNI investigation.

A smiling young woman with short hair and glasses stands in front of a mural on an exterior wall

Four men, including two teenagers, have been arrested in connection with the killing of journalist Lyra McKee. Aged 15, 18, 38 and 51, the suspects are now being questioned by the PSNI.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, the senior detective on the case, told reporters: “As part of this morning’s operation, detectives carried out searches at four houses in the city and arrested four people in connection with the violence which was orchestrated on the streets of Creggan on the evening of Lyra McKee’s murder. They are currently in custody where they are being questioned.”

Murphy continued, “I want to thank the public for the widespread support we have received to date, including more than 140 people who have provided images, footage and other details via our dedicated Major Incident Public Portal. I still want to hear from anyone who can tell us anything they know. I would urge anyone who has any information to contact my team of detectives.

“Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


Lyra McKee was killed while reporting at the scene of riots that broke out in Derry when a gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city.

Many tributes have been paid to the young women, including a vigil which took place at the end on April in Dublin’s Garden Of Remembrance. Seamus Dooley, Irish secretary of the NUJ, told those gathered that the vigil was also a “celebration of a feminist, an activist, a daughter, a sister, a lover, a journalist, a remarkable human being, a kind, compassionate, funny and caring person who brought light and laughter wherever she went, even as often she was angry, frustrated and mad as hell at those who refused to move at the pace which she would have them move.

“A person who refused to accept that things had to be the way they were.”

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