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Shock and outrage as journalist murdered in Derry 19.04.19

A book of condolence will open in Derry's Guildhall this afternoon in memory of journalist Lyra McKee who was shot dead in the city last night.
The PSNI has launched a murder investigation following the brutal killing of the 29 year old reporter as she covered rioting in the Fanad Drive area of Creggan.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: “A single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and as a result wounded Ms McKee. Officers quickly administered first aid before transporting her in the back of a landrover to hospital. Tragically she died from her injuries. At this stage we believe her murder was carried out by a violent dissident republican."
There has been widespread shock and outrage at the death of Belfast-born Ms McKee, who was a rising star as an investigative journalist and a published author.
Lyra McKee.
She has been described in an outpouring of tributes as a loyal and kind friend and a clever and determined journalist.
President Michael D Higgins offered sympathies on behalf of the Irish people to Ms McKee's family and friends and described her as "a woman of talent and commitment who was shot exercising her profession".
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar offered solidarity with the people of Derry and the journalism community.
"This murder demonstrates all too starkly that when terrorists bring violence and guns into the community, members of the public are placed in severe danger. It is abundantly clear that they do not care who they harm," Mr Varadkar said in a tweet.
Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe Ken Good expressed outrage and said Ms McKee's needless death was "not entirely unforeseeable".
"Only last January, after the bomb attack on the city’s courthouse, I said that the perpetrators had shown a callous disregard for people’s lives. On that occasion a group of young people were lucky to escape unscathed.
"Sadly, the outcome that I feared then – if such reckless attacks were to continue – was realised last night, and Lyra McKee, a talented young journalist, paid the ultimate price," he said.
Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Constable Hamilton appealed for witnesses to help in either identifying the gunman and where he fled after the killing.
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