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Two men appear in court charges on night Lyra McKee killed

Two men appear in court charges on night Lyra McKee killed

The mural of Lyra McKee in Belfast |

Two men have appeared in court charged with rioting offences in Londonderry, Ireland, the night lesbian journalist Lyra McKee was killed.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) arrested the two men as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder of McKee, BBC News reported.

McKee was shot dead while reporting on an outbreak of violence in Derry last month. Dissident republican group the New IRA claimed its members carried out the killing.

Who did the police arrest?

Authorities charged the man, 51, with riot, petrol bomb offences, and arson of a hijacked vehicle.

While authorities charged the other, 38, with riot, petrol bomb offences and the arson, and hijacking of a tipper truck.

Londonderry Magistrates’ Court today (11 May) refused both their bail terms.

Meanwhile, detectives arrested an 18-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy. Authorities released both without charge.

Authorities detained the four under terrorism legislation on earlier this week (9 May).

What happened to Lyra McKee that night?

The violence that night came on the 21st anniversary of the Good Friday agreement. The 1998 accord that brought an end to decades of conflict in the region between republicans and nationalists.

The former side believe Northern Ireland should be part of a united Ireland. While the latter want it to remain British.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, McKee, 29, was the first journalist to be killed in Northern Ireland since 2001.

In the search for her killer, the police released CCTV footage of the evening. It showed her standing in a crowded street in Creggan, a heavily Catholic area of Londonderry.

Lyra McKee: Remembered

More than a name in a headline. More than a byline. Lyra McKee’s partner, Sara Canning, spoke at a vigil in Londonderry with fondness.

McKee was ‘the woman I was planning to grow old with,’ Canning said. But her killer has ‘snuffed out’ her dreams in ‘a single barbaric act.’

‘We are all poorer for the loss of Lyra.’

Moreover, as candles burned and banners fluttered, the vigil brought two sides of Ireland together.

Furthermore, photographers pictured the leaders of the two main rival parties of Northern Ireland, Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Fein, a republican party) and Arlene Foster of the Democratic party, standing side by side.

Canning held a rainbow flag in the background.

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