The soldier slain in the Woolwich attack has been identified as Drummer Lee Rigby. PHOTO: Reuters
The soldier who was brutally murdered by two terrorists in Woolwich, England, has been identified as Drummer Lee Rigby. He was 25 and the father of a two year-old child. He was separated from his wife, who was informed of Rigby's murder after he was identified. The identification process was difficult due to the grisly nature of the machete attack by the two killers. The Ministry of Defence released this statement on Rigby's death:
“It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that the soldier killed in yesterday's incident in Woolwich, South East London, is believed to be Drummer Lee Rigby of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (attached to the Regimental Recruiting Team in London)…
“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.
“A loving father to his son Jack, aged 2 years, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The Regiment’s thoughts and prayers are with his family during this extremely difficult time.”
Rigby, or "Riggers" as he was known, made an impression on those around him with his "bubbly character."
Sergeant Major Ned Millar described him as: "one of the Battalion's great characters - always smiling and always ready to brighten the mood with his fellow Fusiliers.
"He was an excellent drummer and well respected within the Drums platoon. He was easily identified whilst on parade by the huge smile on his face and how proud he was to be a member of the Drums."
"He would always stop for a chat just to tell me Manchester United would win the league again. My thoughts are with his family and they will always be part of the Fusilier family. Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier."
The Telegraph contacted Rigby's ex-wife's brother, who said, "he died in the most horrific way." Regarding her family, "they are all inside still trying to get their heads around what has happened. It's still not sunk in."
Asked about Rigby's ex-wife, he said: "She's absolutely in bits. His son is there. It's shocking."