Murdered soldier Lee Rigby laid to rest

Published Friday, 12 July 2013
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Soldier Lee Rigby, who was attacked and stabbed to death in London, has been remembered by thousands of mourners at his funeral service in Bury.

Murdered soldier Lee Rigby laid to rest
Lee Rigby's son, aged 2, wore a 'My Daddy My Hero' t-shirt to his dad's funeral. (© MOD/PA)

Comrades maintained a guard of honour by the 25-year-old's body overnight at Bury Parish Church, before family, friends and veterans were among those who gathered for the service on Friday.

The brutality of Fusilier Rigby's killing, which happened in broad daylight, sent out shockwaves.

He was hit by a car and then attacked by two men with a meat cleaver and a knife in a vicious assault in front of eyewitnesses who described the attack as "crazed".

In the days that followed, tributes were paid in the Stormont Assembly and a book of condolence was opened at Belfast City Hall.

Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson were among the dignitaries who joined Fusilier Rigby's heartbroken family - including his two-year-old son - for his funeral.

Today we stand shoulder to shoulder with his family and friends. We will continue to do so in the years to come.

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Taylor

In his eulogy, Fusilier Rigby's commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Jim Taylor said: "Fusilier Lee James Rigby, or Riggers to his friends in the Army, was an extremely popular soldier.

"A larger-than-life personality, he loved to perform and belonged in the Second Fusiliers' Corps of Drums. He was truly charismatic.

"To be with Lee was to be where it was most fun - the centre of good times and much mischief."

Fusilier Rigby was a drummer in the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, and had served in Afghanistan as a machine gunner.

He was attached to the regimental recruiting team when he was killed as he returned to Woolwich barracks in south east London from the Tower of London on 22 May.

"Today we, his regimental family, salute a fallen comrade," Lieutenant Colonel Taylor added.

"A talented soldier and musician. A larger-than-life character. A loyal friend and brother-in-arms. A gentle soul. Above all a true Fusilier - daring in all things.

"We all feel his loss keenly. We will remember him with pride always.

"So, thanks be to God for Lee Rigby - father, husband, son, brother, friend, Fusilier.

"We will remember him."

© UTV News
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Wendy in Bangor wrote (443 days ago):
Wendy in Bangor Went to see the parade in Bangor and one of the bands had also dedicated one of their banners to Lee. As it approached the crowd erupted in applause. So sad but felt proud to be able to remember him on the day of his funeral. Rest in Peace x
Erky in Ballynahinch wrote (445 days ago):
It was nice to see a number of bands on the 12th remembering Lee Rigby. The Pride of the hill from Carnmoney had a new bannerette dedicated to this hero which will remind us of his sacrifice for many years to come. RIP a true hero.
Robert in California, USA wrote (445 days ago):
Never forget
Ballymena in Ballymena wrote (445 days ago):
RIP brave one off to the final RV
Everyone's friend in Newtownabbey wrote (445 days ago):
Tragic, no other words for it.
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