29-year-old Journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead in what Northern Ireland police call “Terrorist Attack”.
Dissident republicans are believed to be responsible for the death of McKee, who was shot during violent unrest, Thursday night, in the Creggan area of Londonderry.
At a press conference on Friday morning, Hamilton said the murder of McKee was “horrendous and unjustified.” He appealed on those intent on violence to draw back and said the acts of violence were doing nothing but causing misery.
In 2016, McKee was named as one of Forbes Magazines 30 under 30 in media in Europe.
She is the first journalist to be killed in the United Kingdom since 2001, according ti nonprofit organization committee protect journals.
Police suspect shooting was carried out by dissident Republican, namely the New Irish Republican Army (IRA).
McKee was wounded from shots fired by a single gunman in a residential area. McKee was standing close to a police vehicle. Police don’t know if she was working as a journalist at the time; Or was in the city for personal reasons.
Northern Ireland has two main political parties, the democratic unionist party and Sinn Fein. The Sinn Fein leader, Michelle O’neill, condemned those responsible for the death of McKee, describing it as a tremendous loss of life.”
“I am shocked and saddened at the tragic news that a young woman has been shot dead by so-called dissidents in the Creggan estate tonight,” said O’Neill.
The Democratic Unionist party leader, Arlene Foster, tweeted: “Heartbreaking news. A senseless act. A family has been torn apart. Those who brought guns onto our streets in the 70s, 80s and 90s were wrong. It is equally wrong in 2019. No one wants to go back. My thoughts are also with the brave officers who stood in defense of their community.”