Suspect charged in shooting death of Irish journalist Lyra McKee

A 52-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of journalist and author Lyra McKee, who was killed in April 2019 in Northern Ireland, police announced Wednesday.

The man, who was not identified, was charged with murder, possession of a firearm and “professing to be a member of a proscribed organization,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

The New IRA, an armed group that opposes Northern Ireland’s peace process, said last year that it accidentally shot McKee while firing at cops during an anti-police riot in Londonderry.

McKee, 29, was covering the rioting when she was killed on April 18.

“I have always said that a number of individuals were involved with the gunman on the night Lyra was killed,” Police Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said. “And while today is significant for the investigation, the quest for the evidence to bring the gunman to justice remains active and ongoing.”

A Belfast resident, McKee had quickly become a prominent journalist and gay activist.

She had recently signed a two-book deal with publisher Faber and Faber, including for a forthcoming book titled “The Lost Boys,” due out later this year, the BBC reported.

McKee had written for Buzzfeed, the Atlantic and Private Eye, among others, the news agency said.

Her death shocked the nation, and hundreds attended her funeral, including the British and Irish prime ministers and Catholic and Protestant political leaders from Northern Ireland.

Last year, two teenagers were arrested and questioned by police but were later released.

The alleged killer is due to appear in Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

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Police officers at the scene of a shooting in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

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Police forensic investigators at the scene of a shooting in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

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