Jack Quann
Jack Quann

17.41 30 Apr 2019


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The family of Lyra McKee has thanked everyone who has supported them since the journalist's death.

The 29-year-old was shot and killed by the so-called 'New IRA' while covering rioting in Co Derry earlier this month.

She was laid to rest following a funeral service in Belfast last week, which was attended by - among others - President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Her family have released a statement through Kinnear & Co Solicitors.

While thanking all those who have helped them and shown support, they have also asked that events in her name - or inspired by her - are not used for any purpose without the express permission of her family.

In the statement, the family said: "We, the family of Lyra McKee, wish to extend our gratitude to all those who have been supporting us through the darkest of times and to those who will continue to do so.

"The outpouring of love, respect and admiration for our dear Lyra, has been of great comfort to us in these dark days.

"To know that our wee Lyra was so well-loved across the globe and by people of all walks of life, is a true testament to her personal philosophy and her vision for the world.

"We are mindful that we may not be able to thank everyone individually - however, we want everyone who said a prayer; shared a thought; sent a message, card or text; attended a vigil; attended or watched her service; visited her home; travelled; respected our privacy; or did any other positive act in response to Lyra's murder to know that we appreciate every single sentiment no matter how small; these things have helped to give us some strength while we are at our weakest.

"Whilst we have been both honoured and overwhelmed by requests for events in Lyra's name or inspired by Lyra, we respectfully request that her life or death not be used for any purpose without the express permission of our family through our legal representatives.

"We know that as our nightmare continues in the weeks, months and years ahead, that we will not be alone.

"We know that you will all continue to support us and we know that we will all rejoice together on the day that justice is achieved for our Lyra.

"Until then, know that your continued love, support and sympathy will be our spiritual manna."


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