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Northern Ireland police release teenagers arrested after journalist killing

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Our hopes and dreams have been snuffed out Partner of Lyra McKeeLyra McKee's partner Sarah speaking at today's rally

McKee, an investigative journalist and author, was standing beside a police Land Rover observing a riot in the Creggan area of Derry last week when she was shot dead.

The PSNI has asked to meet with local community leaders and influencers to help them identify any witnesses or those with information.

Friends of Ms McKee gathered at "Junior McDaid House" this afternoon before placing their hands in red paint and putting them on the exterior wall of the Chamberlain Street building.

The dissident republican New IRA is being blamed for shooting the young journalist in the head.

The gunman was aiming at police during disturbances in the Creggan when he hit the 29-year-old.

Politicians from across the political spectrum in the North have been reacting.

Speaking to reporters at the protest, Sinead Quinn, a friend of Lyra said: We are going to continue and continue and continue to do things in Lyra's memory. Both men were released without charges on Sunday, with no further information provided as to whether they were suspects or had been cleared of wrongdoing. "You don't shoot accidentally".

'A very clear message has been given from not only the people of this town but wider afield to say that this is not okay, this is not acceptable, this is not justifiable.

"Those people don't represent (republicanism). Nobody can advocate shooting into a crowd of people".

"People have been afraid to stand up to people like this, we are not afraid".

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to Lyra's family and friends, and our thoughts are with the people of Derry during this tragic time".

"Lyra's McKee's name will never be forgotten in this town", Ms Quinn added.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called her killing "an attack on all of us, our nation and our freedoms".

The protest comes as up to 200 members and supporters of Saoradh took part in an Easter Monday commemoration march in west Belfast.

A similar march that was to be held in Derry on Monday was called off following the murder of Ms McKee.

Det Supt Murphy said there had been a "palpable change" in community sentiment in support of their investigation since the murder of the 29-year-old on Thursday in terms of off-the-record intelligence.

"I know there will be some people who know what happened but are scared to come forward but if you have information, no matter how small, please contact detectives", Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said in a statement. "We have sought prosecutorial advice from the Public Prosecution Service, and I want to reassure you that we will work with you sensitively and give you all the support we can", he added.

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