The soldier killed brutally Wednesday night in London by two terrorists was identified as Lee Rigby, a 25-year-old drummer from the second battalion of the Royal Regiment of Infantry (Fusilier). He was married and had a 2-year-old son.
His family issued a statement in which they described his life: “Lee was adorable. He did anything for anyone, always took care of his sisters and always protected them. He always undertook the role of big brother against anyone “. The family related how Lee wanted to join the army since his early age. “He wanted to live and enjoy the life. Family meant everything to him. He was a son, husband, father, brother, uncle and loving friend for everybody”, concluded the family of the man who was killed in the gruesome beheading attack in London’s neighborhood of Woolwich on Wednesday by two attackers of Muslim origins.
Also the British Ministry of Defense spoke in terms of admiration for Lee Rigby: “A very pleasant and intelligent soldier, drummer Rigby had a personality larger than the whole unit of Drummers and was well-known, liked and respected by the entire Fusilier Battalion”. Rigby joined the army in 2006, according to the BBC. Wednesday night, he was struck and decapitated in the street by two men now considered terrorists, who reasoned their act as an angry retaliation to the military involvement in wars in the Islamic world.
After murdering Rigby, the two assailants did not flee the crime scene, instead they remained on the site where confronted subsequently the police officers who shot and arrested them. Two people, a man and a woman were arrested later in connection with the attack. One of the two killers was identified as Michael Adebolajo, a Muslim extremist well-known to the British security services.