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A LIFE TAKEN AWAY

As Sara Canning accepts a Pride award in honour of her partner, campaigning journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead, we are left to wonder what else the marriage-equality activist would have achieved
GRIEF-STRICKEN: Sara Canning
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With anguish etched over her face, Sara Canning asks: “How can this happen in 2019? How does this happen to someone so vibrant, amazing and good?”

When Attitude meets the 35-year-old nurse, from Derry, Northern Ireland, little more than three weeks have passed since her partner Lyra McKee was shot and killed while observing rioting by dissident youths on the city’s Creggan estate. “I don’t know if I’ll ever come to terms with it,” she adds. “I wake up every morning and reach for her side of the bed.” Lyra, a journalist with an interest in politics and The Troubles, had her work published by the likes of Private Eye and The Atlantic, and had been fast making a name for herself as one of province’s brfightest young writers.

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