Lyra McKee's Murder

Lyra McKee’s Funeral To Take Place Today

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The funeral of murdered journalist Lyra McKee will take place in her native Belfast later today.

Hundreds of mourners will line the streets outside St. Anne’s Cathedral, where a service of thanksgiving will be held for the life of the 29-year-old, who was killed by dissident republicans in Derry last week.

The normally busy city centre of Belfast will be a quieter place this lunchtime, as mourners gather to pay their respects to Lyra McKee, the 29-year-old journalist murdered by dissident republicans during rioting in the Creggan area of Derry last Thursday.

A group calling themselves the New IRA claimed responsibility for her killing.

A 57-year-old woman, the third person to be arrested in connection with the murder, has been released without charge.

A service of thanksgiving for Lyra’s life will take place at St Anne’s Cathedral on Donegall Street at 1 O’Clock.

The President, Taoiseach and Tanaiste and leaders of all the main northern political parties will attend the service, which will be led by the Dean of St Anne’s Stephen Forde and Fr Martin Magill.

Lyra’s partner Sara Canning wants mourners to wear Harry Potter, Hufflepuff or Marvel-related clothes to honour her.

A vigil took place at Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance last night, organised by the National Union of Journalists.