London Attack: Wife of Murdered Soldier Appears in Public, Mourns

25 May 2013

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London attack

By Yemi Adebowale with agency report                                 

The wife of the soldier murdered in Woolwich southeast London by terrorist on Wednesday has said she expected her husband to be safe in the United Kingdom.

Drummer Rigby, the father of a two-year-old boy, was killed in front of dozens of people on Wednesday afternoon.

At a news conference in London yesterday, Mrs Rigby, 30, sitting alongside other family members, said she had been aware of the dangers of her husband serving in countries where there was armed conflict, but added: "You don't expect it to happen when he's in the UK. You think they're safe."

She sobbed: "I love Lee and always will. I am proud to be his wife. He was a devoted father to our son Jack and we will both miss him terribly."

Rebecca Rigby said Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, had many times before walked safely down the street in Woolwich where he was attacked on Wednesday.

Drummer Rigby's stepfather, Ian Rigby, said: "We would like to say 'Goodnight Lee, rest in peace our fallen soldier. We love you and words cannot describe how loved and sadly missed you will be."

Mr Rigby added that his stepson adored and cared a lot for his family. "He was very much a family man, looking out for his wife, young son Jack, younger sisters, whom in turn they looked up to him."
Meanwhile, two women, aged 29 and 31, arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, have been released without charge, but a man, 29, remains in custody.

Murder suspects Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale remain in hospital.
Shortly after the killing, 28-year-old Adebolajo was filmed by a passer-by saying he had carried out the attack because British soldiers killed Muslims every day.

Armed police arrived on the scene and shot the two suspects, who had made no attempt to flee.

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