Fundraising page set up for murdered journalist Lyra McKee
Friends of murdered journalist Lyra McKee have set up a fundraising page to help cover her funeral costs.
The 29-year-old was shot dead during rioting in the Creggan in Derry last night.
Originally from north Belfast, she had recently moved to Derry to live with her partner.
A gofundme page set up to cover funeral costs and "decide on her legacy" has raised well over £10,000 in a few hours.
Ms McKee's friend Michael Harris, who she worked with on the campaign to reform Northern Ireland's libel laws, established the fundraising page.
He described her as a "passionate advocate for press freedom and finding the truth".
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I'm actually crying. I had the pleasure to know @LyraMcKee who was genuinely one of the nicest people I've ever met. Last night she was shot dead in yet another dark night in Northern Ireland's history— Michael Harris (@mjrharris) April 19, 2019
Mr Harris said Ms McKee was "part of a new generation of Northern Irish journalists (and young people) who had moved past sectarian identities and wanted to build a more progressive, more peaceful Northern Ireland".
"Lyra was a powerful advocate for LGBTi rights, civil liberties and human rights," he said.
He added: "You don't expect journalists to be killed anywhere. For it to happen to a friend, in a (troubled) democracy, is just unbelievable. I feel so sad for Lyra's family. She was an incredible person and I will really miss her."
Donations can be made on www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-lyra-mckee
A series of vigils are taking place in Derry, Belfast and Dublin today.