Sunday 20 October 2019

'May her gentle soul rest in peace' - Derry City observe minute's silence for murdered journalist Lyra McKee

Players and officials observe a minutes silence in tribute to the late writer and journalist Lyra McKee prior to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Shamrock Rovers at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Players and officials observe a minutes silence in tribute to the late writer and journalist Lyra McKee prior to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Shamrock Rovers at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium in Derry. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice in Derry

DERRY City FC and their supporters have paid tribute to journalist Lyra McKee, who was murdered by dissident Republicans in the city on Thursday night.

Before tonight's Premier Division game at home to league leaders Shamrock Rovers, the Brandywell club held a minute's silence in honour of McKee, who was shot dead while covering Thursday night riots in the Creggan estate, only a mile from the club's home ground.

Derry also issued a statement in tribute to Belfast native McKee.

"Derry City Football Club wishes to extend our deepest condolences to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee following her tragic and untimely death last night," the club said.

"Lyra had become a part of the Brandywell community and her death has stunned an entire city with which this club has a deep association.

"As a club, the media are part of our wider family and we recognise the work Lyra was involved in, and in which she ultimately lost her young life May her gentle soul rest in peace."

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