It was nearly a year ago that we told you about Lyra McKee, the 29-year-old Irish journalist shot and killed in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, presumably by members of the New IRA, bitter-enders who formed after the Good Friday peace agreement of 1998 (“The Troubles: When David and Goliath switch places,” April 29, 2019). It was a wine-dark spot in what, overarchingly, should have been a positive story about the laying of ghosts.
On Feb. 11, four men were arrested in Londonderry and charged in connection with her killing under the United Kingdom’s Terrorism Act. The act was used because the New IRA had admitted responsibility for her killing in a statement to a local newspaper, saying it was an accident and apologizing.
McKee was standing near a police vehicle when she was wounded by a single gunman firing into a residential area and died soon after. Four men aged 20, 27, 29 and 52 were taken into custody in Belfast.
McKee was the first journalist to be killed in the UK since 2001. Today, there is a mural of her in her native Belfast with her own words, taken from a letter she wrote to her 14-year-old self: “It won’t always be like this. It’s going to get better.”