Journalist Lyra McKee revealed plans to propose hours before she was murdered

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Family and friends paid tribute to slain journalist Lyra McKee during her funeral service in Belfast on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old was shot last Thursday night as she observed the rioting on an estate in Londonderry, also known as Derry.

Lyra McKee revealed plans to propose to her partner Sara just hours before she was murdered, mourners heard at her funeral.

Journalist Lyra McKee killed in Derry
Belfast Journalist Lyra McKee

Speaking at St Anne’s Cathedral, Stephen Lusty said she showed him pictures of the engagement ring hours before she was killed.

Prime Minister Theresa May, President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, the Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar and other politicians attended the service.

Lyra McKee funeral in Belfast
Attendees arrive for the funeral of Lyra McKee in St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Fellow members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) were to form a guard of honor at the cathedral.

The union described Ms McKee as “one of the most promising journalists” in Northern Ireland.

Ciarán Ó Maoláin, the union’s Belfast secretary, described her as “intelligent, determined and very witty”.

There has also been a gathering at Guildhall Square in Derry for those who could not attend her funeral.

A masked gunman opened fire on police and onlookers standing close by. Paramilitary group, the New IRA, apologised for killing the journalist.

Police have said on Tuesday that a 57-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with McKee’s murder.


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