Monday 20 May 2019

'People know who's responsible' - £10,000 reward offered for information in Lyra McKee murder investigation

Order of service for the funeral of Lyra McKee (Brian Lawless/PA)
Order of service for the funeral of Lyra McKee (Brian Lawless/PA)
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A £10,000 reward has been offered for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of journalist Lyra McKee.

Ms McKee (29) was shot dead as she observed rioting in Derry's Creggan estate last Thursday.

Police said they believe dissident republican group the New IRA was behind the attack and, on Monday night, the group accepted responsibility for the murder.

The £10,000 reward is being offered by the charity Crimestoppers.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, who is leading the investigation into Lyra McKee's murder, said he hopes the reward will help bring those responsible to justice.

“Lyra tragically lost her life when bullets were fired indiscriminately into the community in Creggan. It was a senseless murder of a gifted young woman and Lyra’s family and loved ones have been left devastated by their loss," he said.

“I want to find the people who murdered Lyra and the information that can help us bring Lyra’s killer to justice lies within the local community. People saw the gunman – people know who is responsible. I’m asking them to come forward and help us.

“We have received widespread public support to date and if this reward further encourages some individuals to come forward, this may help assist us in our efforts to get some justice for Lyra and her loved ones.”

In memory: A mourner listens to the service outside St Anne's Cathedral during the funeral of Lyra McKee in Belfast. Photo: Gerry Mooney
In memory: A mourner listens to the service outside St Anne's Cathedral during the funeral of Lyra McKee in Belfast. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Speaking following Ms McKee's funeral service in Belfast on Wednesday, PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said he believes the evidence is out there to convict those behind her murder.

"The outpouring of condemnation from the communities of Derry, Creggan and the politicians all standing together in Creggan last Friday was something that was quite unique and quite different, we need to capitalise on that," he said.

"The evidence to bring those responsible to justice is out there, we need people to have confidence in the police investigation."

The £10,000 reward is available to anyone who passes information directly to Crimestoppers that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Lyra McKee's murder.

Lyra McKee's partner Sara Canning is hugged by President Michael D Higgins. Photo: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Lyra McKee's partner Sara Canning is hugged by President Michael D Higgins. Photo: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Information can be provided to the charity on 0800 555 111 or via the untraceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Belfast Telegraph

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