April 24, 2019 / 8:25 AM / 2 months ago

May to travel to Belfast for funeral of journalist Lyra McKee

A mourner wearing a Gryffindor scarf holds an order of service as she arrives for the funeral of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, Northern Ireland April 24, 2019. Brian Lawless/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Belfast on Wednesday to attend the funeral of journalist Lyra McKee who was killed last week, May’s office said in a statement.

The 29-year-old reporter was shot dead in Londonderry on Thursday as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid. Police said McKee was hit when a gunman opened fire in the direction of officers. The New IRA militant Irish nationalist group has apologised for the killing.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by William James, Editing by Kylie MacLellan

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