Posted on April 23, 2019
In a statement given to the paper the group offered “full and sincere apologies” to her family and friends.
Ms McKee, 29, was shot in the head on Thursday night while observing rioting in Londonderry’s Creggan estate.
Police say there has been a “massive response” to her killing and have urged more members of the public to come forward. The statement from the New IRA comes after the hard-left republican political party Saoradh – which has the support of the New IRA – had previously sought to justify the use of violence on Thursday. Ms McKee was standing near a police 4×4 vehicle when she was shot after a masked gunman fired towards police and onlookers.
A protest by friends of Ms McKee took place on Monday outside the office of Saoradh, a political group linked to the New IRA. A number of women smeared red paint in hand prints on republican slogans outside the office.
Police were present but did not make any immediate arrests.
Police said the public response to the killing had been “massive”. Det Supt Jason Murphy said there had been a “palpable change” in community sentiment in support of their investigation, in terms of off-the-record intelligence. He has urged members of the public to “come forward and have a conversation with me”.
It is understood that police and the Public Prosecution Service have discussed what measures could be available to protect witnesses fearful of giving evidence at trial.