A vigil for murdered journalist Lyra McKee is being held in Cookstown in conjunction with Lyra’s funeral in Belfast on Wednesday at 1pm.
Harry Hutchinson from the Mid Ulster Trade Union Council said, “Lyra tragic death has moved people across NI. On her day of rest the vigil is to send an ever lasting tribute to Lyra and to one who will always be remembered for bringing people together across the entire Provence.
“The gathering is also to send a message to the perpetrators of Lyra’s killing. That message is if you are genuinely sorry for Lyra’s death then the best action you can take is to stop such killings ever happening again. Lay down your weapons permanently.
“The message to the New IRA is that they learn the lessons of the Provisional IRA. Violent incriminate actions even over a period of decades simply lead to deaths; none more so of innocent people like Lyra.
“The message to young people, who have not experienced the failed methods of paramilitary organisations of the past, is these terrorist groups will not lead you out of poverty, drugs and towards a more prosperous future. On the contrary youth in the past have paid a heavy price in the past, for getting involved with such paramilitary groups.”
The vigil which is being held at the old Post Office site in the centre of Cookstown, is being organised by the Mid-Ulster Trade Union Council and the local branch of the NUJ.