Northern Ireland police release teenagers arrested after journalist killing

Our hopes and dreams have been snuffed out Partner of Lyra McKeeLyra McKee's partner Sarah speaking at today's rally

Police suspect one or more gunmen linked to the New Irish Republican Army (New IRA) had fired on officers and had not meant to hit McKee.

Two teenagers who were arrested in the shooting death of a 29-year-old journalist in Northern Ireland have been released from police custody without being charged.

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has written to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Prime Minister Theresa May, as well as "all party leaders".

"Our handsome building lies just yards from the house where the murdered journalist Lyra McKee and Sara Canning had chose to make their home", said Bishop McKeown.

"They are the enemies of all of us on this island and enemies of the shared future we have all chosen to build".

DUP leader Arlene Foster called it a "senseless act".




Northern Ireland has been without devolved government since January 2017.

Minister of state at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe said: "These individuals have no support, no legitimacy and no place in our tolerant society".

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy 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".

Mobile phone footage taken by a bystander appeared to show a masked gunman crouching down on the street and opening fire with a hand gun.

Meanwhile, it was announced last night that Ms McKee's funeral would be held at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast on Wednesday. "It's going to be a celebration of her life and if people would like to wear Hufflepuff, Harry Potter, or Marvel related items, I know she would love it", she said.

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