Lyra McKee murder: Two men charged with riot crimes

Two people are charged with riot crimes as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.

On Thursday, the PSNI announced that the suspects, aged 24 and 29, were charged with rioting and throwing tear gas.

They will appear in Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on Friday via video link.

Ms. McKee was shot dead in Co Derry in April 2019 while observing the riot in the Creggan area of ​​the city.

Violence erupted in response to a police operation aimed at seizing ammunition from paramilitaries ahead of a series of Easter Rising commemorations.

Ms. McKee received a fatal gunshot wound to the head while standing next to a police vehicle. In the amateur mobile footage taken at the scene, it was seen that a masked gunman took aim and fired at the police.

An opposition republican group that describes itself as the New IRA claimed responsibility for Ms. McKee’s death.

Three men have already been charged with the murder of Ms. McKee. Two others were charged with rioting and related crimes.

A 55-year-old man, who was arrested yesterday (Thursday), was released after being referred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Ms McKee was the first journalist to be killed in the UK since the 2001 murder of Martin O’Hagan in Armagh, Lurgan.

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