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Lyn Rigby (left), the mother of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby. Photo: Reuters/Olivia Harris

Lyn Rigby (left), the mother of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby. Photo: Reuters/Olivia Harris

Lyn Rigby (left), the mother of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby. Photo: Reuters/Olivia Harris

THERE were emotional scenes as members of soldier Lee Rigby's family visited the spot in London where he was brutally murdered.

His mother, Lyn (46) stepfather Ian (54) and widow Rebecca (30) wept as they laid flowers and left mementos at the site in Woolwich, south east London.

One of the most poignant was a large silver balloon bearing the words "dad in a million", which was left on behalf of the soldier's son Jack (two).

The family hugged and comforted one another several times as they spent around 20 minutes looking at the thousands of floral tributes that have been left by wellwishers.

After examining some of the cards, they then crossed to the other side of the road to look at the exact spot where the 25-year-old was murdered.

His widow, clutching a large Peppa Pig soft toy, was consoled by other family members as she broke down in tears.

She left a wreath with a card reading: "My hero, my soldier, my one true love. Until we meet again my angel I know you'll be watching over me and Jack. Love always xxx"

Other touching items they left included a photo frame from one of Drummer Rigby's sisters, which had four pictures of them together in it.

On it was written: "My brother, my best friend. So sorry this had to be you. Sleep well. Little sis, Sara xxxx."

On the wall next to it was placed a bottle of HP sauce with a note saying "Your favourite. Love little sis Sara."

 

Wept

 

The soldier's mother, who was holding a teddy bear, collapsed onto the edge of the pavement as she wept.

The harrowing visit was watched by hundreds of members of the public who had also gone to pay their respects.

Among them was a large group of people from Woolwich Sikh Temple.

Afterwards, Sewa Singh Nandhra got a large round of applause from the crowd as he spoke on behalf of the Sikh community and urged everyone to stay peaceful and calm.

"We condemn what happened in Woolwich," he said.

"It is sheer terrorism, despicable and awful.

"No cause on earth can justify such a killing or an act. Our condolences and sympathies lie with the family.

"We are parishioners and we have got to work to maintain the harmony between all the faiths and across all communities.

"We will work with them and I would urge everybody to support police to bring this to a satisfactory conclusion."

hnews@herald.ie


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