Lyra McKee

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Journalist (1990)
Tue Apr 05 2022
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Relationship Timeline Of Lyra McKee

Girlfriend : Sara Canning
Lyra McKee is in a relationship with Sara Canning.

Who is Lyra McKee? 

As we all know, death is an enviable truth. Today we are going to talk about Lyra McKee who has been shot dead during rioting that police are treating as a terrorist incident. McKee was one of Northern Ireland's "most promising" journalists. 

Lyra McKee was born on 31 March 1990, in Belfast, Northern Ireland as Lyra Catherine McKee. Her interest in journalism started at the age of fourteen when she wrote at St Gemma's High School for the college newspaper.

She joined Children's Express the following year, a charity that supports young people by helping them develop journalism skills, and was awarded the 2006 Sky News Young Journalist Award. She studied online journalism under Paul Bradshaw at Birmingham City University and graduated with an MA. 

Lyra McKee during public speaking. personal life, early life, career, professional life
Image: Lyra McKee during a public speaking

In 2011, McKee joined the news aggregator employees Mediagazer, a news aggregator Techmeme sister site. In 2014, with the release of a blog post entitled "Letter to my 14-year-old self," she went to wider public attention in which she outlined the difficulties of growing up homosexual in Belfast. It was eventually produced into a short film. 

The work of McKee as a journalist included a number of pieces that appeared in national and international media. She became a trustee of Headliners in 2018, the charity that helped her to begin her career in journalism as a teenager.

Lyra McKee Personal Life

Growing up, the homosexual was definitely easy for Lyra as she had to go through a bunch of criticism. However, she was a strong-headed person and faced all the controversies and negative comments. 

Her Love Partner, Sara Canning had always been supportive 

During the controversial period, her girlfriend Sara Canning became the strong pillar for MacKee. Both the pair were head over heels in love with each other until April 18, 2019, when Lyra was shot dead and died in Altnagelvin Area Hospital, Londonderry, United Kingdom.  

As per some of the reports, McKee was planning to propose her girlfriend a few weeks later. They had scheduled to go on a journey to New York in just two weeks after the accident. 

Lyra McKee with her girlfriend. partner, relationship
Image: Lyra McKee with her girlfriend

The 29-year-old had been excited about the plans to marry the love of her life. She even invited them to the wedding she scheduled for 2021. Even though homosexual marriage is not legalized in Ireland, Lyra had planned to marry Sara in Donegal.

This news came after her 35-year-old girlfriend Sara Canning issued emotional details appeal to assist police track down the killers. The most heartbreaking thing is Lyra was shot while Sara was with her during protests in Derry.

Sara said in her emotional plea

‘Nobody deserves to be gunned down, nobody should have to go home without the one they love. No family should lose their child,’

Net Worth & Properties 

Lyra was a rising journalist who was doing really great in her career. McKee had a net worth of around $320,000 thousands. 

Lyra McKee in her library. net worth, earning, properties
Image: Lyra McKee in her library

She was growing up her career as a journalist, but her untimely death let everyone around her in shock. There are no further details about her other properties such as house and cars. 

Gunning down Lyra to Death at the violent protest

Lyra Mckee was gunned down during rioting in the creggan area of Derry, Northern Ireland on April 18 2019. At that time, the Lyra who standing right beside the police van got shot. Youth threw petrol bombs and burned down two vehicles. They even fired multiple times at police officers.

YouTube: Police release new CCTV footage of suspects in journalist Lyra McKee's murder

The footage taken by CCTV and civilians shows three, four mask man carrying boxes with petrol bombs.The suspects are believed to be a member of the New IRA. Police blames dissident republicans for the death of Lyra.


At the time of her death, Lyra Mckee was survived by her mother, two brother, three sisters and her partner. On 24 April, the funeral of Lyraa took place at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast. The funerary ceremony was attended by British Prime Minister Theresa May,Irish President Michael D. Higgins, and many other high profile leaders.

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