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Hundreds of well-wishers honour murdered soldier Lee Rigby

The coffin of Fusilier Lee Rigby is brought to Bury Parish church in Greater Manchester. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Well-wishers turned out in their hundreds to honour murdered soldier Lee Rigby at a vigil on the eve of his funeral.

Members of the public, force veterans and comrades lined the route to Bury Parish Church where soldiers will keep a guard of honour over his body overnight before the funeral tomorrow.

The 25-year-old's friends and family attended the event which took place just a couple of miles from his hometown of Middleton, Greater Manchester, which came to a standstill as pubs and shops around the church closed as a mark of respect.

The father-of-one was killed in broad daylight as he returned to Woolwich barracks from the Tower of London on May 22.

The horrific killing led to nationwide shock and tomorrow's funeral is expected to be attended by hundreds of mourners following a wave of support for his family from the public.

The coffin of Fusilier Lee Rigby is carried into Bury Parish church. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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

The family have requested for a private military funeral with the public and media asked to pay their respects outside the church tomorrow.

The coffin of Fusilier Lee Rigby is brought to Bury Parish church. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Silence fell outside the church today as 22 family members emerged from the cars in the cortege to attend the vigil.

Fusilier Rigby's wife, Rebecca, 30, carried their two-year-old son, Jack, who wore a Manchester United shirt with the name "Riggers" on the back.

Rebecca holding her son Jack in her arms. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Inside the hearse were floral tributes spelling out "Brother", "Son" and "Husband" in red roses.

The family have been inundated with cards, letters and flowers in condolence from all over the country and abroad since he was killed.

Rebecca Rigby carries her son Jack alongside her mother Susan Metcalfe. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron told the Commons earlier this week that the whole of the UK will be mourning with the family at the 11am service.

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