Six men were arrested on Tuesday, March 15, in connection with the murder of 29-year-old, queer Irish journalist, Lyra McKee. 

McKee was murdered on April 22, 2019, covering the riots in Derry, Northern Ireland. 

According to a statement released by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, “Detectives investigating the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in April 2019 in Derry/Londonderry have made a further arrest today (15 March). The 26-year-old man, arrested under the Terrorism Act, has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station in Belfast where he will be interviewed.”

Five of the men that police had initially arrested, however, were released “pending a report being submitted to the Public Prosecution Service.”

The 26-year-old man remains in custody. 

At the time the New IRA claimed responsibility for the shooting death of McKee.

In a statement to the Irish News, the group claimed responsibility saying they were aiming at police and that McKee was hit by mistake. 

“In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces,” the statement read.

According to the Police Service, the investigation is still ongoing.


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