The influential singer-songwriter Patti Smith has paid a heartfelt tribute to Lyra McKee following her murder in Derry on Thursday night.

Smith, who emerged during the punk rock movement of the 1970s has been lauded as "the punk poet laureate".  Over the years she has been outspoken about injustices and has performed anti-war concerts.

Her Instagram post suggests she saw a kindred spirit in Lyra McKee.  It has since been liked thousands of times.

Patti Smith wrote: "This is Lyra McKee. A fearless investigative journalist and author. Beloved and trusted champion of the lost, marginalized and those, like herself, who have suffered growing up in a discriminatory environment.

"She will not hold her forthcoming book The Lost Boys in her hands. Will not walk the streets of Belfast on Good Friday Morning.

"She was shot in cold blood during rioting on Thursday night in Derry. Lyra McKee was 29 years old. And thus
do we mourn our young, a brilliant flame extinguished."

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