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Suspects arrested in murder of queer reporter
2019-04-20

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In Northern Ireland, authorities have arrested two teens ( aged 18 and 19 ) in connection with the murder of 29-year-old investigative journalist Lyra McKee, who was killed during rioting in Londonderry, CNN.com reported.

McKee, who was born in Belfast, is the first journalist to be killed in the United Kingdom since 2001, according to nonprofit organization the Committee to Protect Journalists. At a vigil for McKee, partner Sara Canning said McKee's "amazing potential was snuffed out by this single barbaric act, adding, "Victims and LGBTQIA community are left without a tireless advocate and activist and it has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with."

The suspects were arrested under the terrorism act, the Police Service of Northern Ireland ( PSNI ) announced on social media.

In 2016, Lyra McKee was named as one of Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30.

According to Autostraddle, McKee wrote for many publications, including BuzzFeed, The Atlantic and Mosaic Science, and had recently signed a two-book deal with publisher Faber and Faber. Her book, The Lost Boys—about the disappearance of children in Belfast in the 1970s—is expected to be published next year.

The full CNN article is at edition.cnn.com/2019/04/20/uk/lyra-mckee-two-men-arrested-gbr-intl/index.html. The Autostraddle piece is at www.autostraddle.com/queer-journalist-and-lgbt-rights-activist-lyra-mckee-killed-in-a-terrorist-incident-in-northern-ireland/ .


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