Monday 26 August 2019

Lyra's sister tells her killers: do the right thing

Journalist Lyra McKee. Picture: Jess Lowe
Journalist Lyra McKee. Picture: Jess Lowe

Ryan Nugent and Jonathan Bell

The sister of murdered journalist Lyra McKee has called on her killers to hand themselves into the police.

Nichola Corner said her sister deserves justice. In an interview with Channel 4 News, Ms Corner said "those people need to really think about handing themselves in".

"They need to do the right thing. None of this will ever bring my sister back to my mum, to me, to my brothers, my sisters, her nieces and nephews," she said.

"As far as I'm concerned that's the least these people can do.

"Anyone who's helping them or guarding them or protecting them, they need to do the right thing as well."

In a powerful interview, Ms Corner said her sister's death must not be in vain and there must be both political and social change on the back of it.

She said Lyra didn't "see labels" and had friends from every background: "Lyra didn't see labels, she didn't see religion, she didn't see what political party you were part of, because she had friends in them all."

Lyra (29) was shot dead while observing rioting in Derry's Creggan estate.

"When I looked down at her wee coffin, I just took a deep breath, focused myself again on the script, and just promised her that I will do my best," her sister said.

Irish Independent

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