Lee Rigby has been named as the solider that was killed in an attack on London on Wednesday.
Rigby was a drummer of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and hailed from Manchester. He leaves behind a 2-year-old son.
Rigby was attacked on Wednesday in Woolwich by two suspects who were then shot by police and arrested on conspiracy to murder. These individuals were know to the security services, and one of them is believed to be Michael Adebolajo, an Islamist protester. The other individual who was arrested is believed to be a woman, and they are both aged 29.
Rigby’s family released a statement on Thursday, stating, “Lee was lovely. He would do anything for anybody, he always looked after his sisters and always protected them. He took a ‘big brother’ role with everyone. All he wanted to do from when he was a little boy, was be in the Army.”
The added, ” He wanted to live life and enjoy himself. His family meant everything to him. He was a loving son, husband, father, brother, and uncle, and a friend to many.”
The Ministry of Defence also commented on Rigby’s death, noting, “An extremely popular and witty soldier, Drummer Rigby was a larger than life personality within the Corps of Drums and was well known, liked and respected across the Second Fusiliers. He was a passionate and life-long Manchester United fan.”
The two people responsible for this death are currently in two separate London hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, and video footage has now emerged on the Internet of the moment that the duo were shot by police.
Barack Obama commented on the attacks, stating that the United States of America “stands resolute with the United Kingdom, our ally and friend, against violent extremism and terror.”
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