McKee Funeral – Man charged with murder. Priest criticises politicians
12 February 2020: Man charged with Lyra MacKee’s murder
A priest received a standing ovation at Lyra McKee’s funeral when he asked mourners why it took her death to unite political parties.
Political leaders attended a vigil in Londonderry following her death. Also her funeral at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast on Wednesday.
Fr Martin Magill asked: “Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get to this point?”
Ms McKee was shot dead on Thursday.
The journalist had been observing rioting in the Creggan area of Derry. The New IRA said its members killed her.
Prime Minister Theresa May was at the service. President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar and other politicians also attended the service.
Lyra McKee’s death sent shockwaves across the globe. Her death brought sadness and tears among the community.
A friend told mourners at her funeral that Ms McKee revealed her plans to propose to her partner Sara Canning. This just hours before she was murdered. Stephen Lusty said Lyra showed him pictures of the engagement ring. Extraordinary.
“She made me put a date in my diary for the wedding in Donegal in 2022. And gave me strict instructions to wear my kilt, which she always wanted to borrow, adorn it with some Harry Potter.”
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