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Lyra McKee revealed plans to propose to her partner Sara just hours before she was murdered, mourners heard at her funeral.
Speaking at St Anne’s Cathedral, Stephen Lusty said she showed him pictures of the engagement ring.
Ms McKee was shot dead on Thursday while observing rioting that night.
Prime Minister Theresa May, President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar and other politicians are at the service.
“She showed me pictures of the ring she had bought for Sara and told me of the fabulous plans she had of her proposal in May,” said Mr Lusty.
“She made me put a date in my diary for the