Lyra McKee’s mother, when asked what her daughter was like growing up, tells the story of how while some mothers heard “Mummy, Mummy” in their sleep, she heard “Why? Why?”. No answer, she says, could ever satisfy her daughter. That natural-born curiosity inevitably led Lyra to a career in journalism.
Lyra wrote mostly about crime and the legacy of the conflict known as the Troubles in her native Northern Ireland. She was also an advocate for LBGTQI+ rights. When she wasn't writing, she also worked as a chambermaid and general servant to an 11-year-old tortoiseshell called Big Marie.
Lyra was shot and killed in Derry on 18 April 2019.