Woman killed after shots fired during rioting in Northern Ireland

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Members of the National Union of Journalists joined with the Mayor, political, religious, and community leaders in signing the book, which will remain open over the coming weeks to allow the public to share their thoughts and well wishes following the awful incident which has shocked the entire community. "But just because we're not at war any more doesn't mean the shadow of the gunman has left the room".

"Of course what happened last night is nothing new. - the use of violence by republicans in Northern Ireland is something we have been plagued by for generations".

In a statement, Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary, said the murder has shocked colleagues in Northern Ireland and expressed sympathy to McKee's partner and her NUJ colleagues, saying that she was regarded as one of the most promising journalists in Northern Ireland.

She came to prominence in 2014 with a blog post called "Letter..."

And although her own personal struggles were very 21st century - as a gay woman she fought against prejudice and bigotry directed at the local LGBT community - she could engage with people from all walks of life, including conservative evangelical Christians.

Leaders of the nationalist Sinn Fein, which once served as the IRA's political arm, and the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), both condemned the killing.

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"My first thoughts and that of my party are with the family of the woman killed".

Officer carried out a raid at Londonderry's Creggan estate on Thursday night looking for weapons.

'A single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and as a result wounded Ms McKee.

More than 50 petrol bombs were thrown at officers and two cars were hijacked and set on fire. His British counterpart Theresa May said the killing was "shocking and truly senseless".

"Lyra McKee was the woman who encouraged me to write", wrote podcast host Stephen Donnan. Those who brought guns onto our streets in the 70s, 80s and 90s were wrong. She fell at the wheel of a police vehicle. "Feel sick." Fellow journalist Peter McGuire said Ms McKee was a "gifted writer, a kind person and SO generous with her time and knowledge".

"It is equally wrong in 2019".

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Not long before her murder, McKee tweeted a photo of the riots with the caption "Derry tonight". "She was one of my closest friends".

Police said they were in the area last night "protecting the public" when shots were fired and McKee was killed.

Friends and colleagues said they remembered McKee as a committed journalist who helped to bring light in hard times.

Sky's senior Ireland correspondent David Blevins said tensions had been building in Creggan in the run-up to Easter, when republicans mark the anniversary of the 1916 uprising against British rule in Ireland.

Detectives have said the New IRA, a dissident republican group, was most likely behind the reporter's murder.

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