The grief-stricken family of Lee Rigby, the soldier murdered in Woolwich on Wednesday, came together this morning to read a statement about their 'hero'.
His sister Sara McClure, mother and stepfather Lyn and Ian Rigby, Rebecca Rigby, mother of their two year old son, Jack, mother in law Susan Metcalfe and brother in law Ray Dutton sat side by side at the Regimental HQ of his unit, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers at Bury in Greater Manchester today.
Lee's stepfather Ian read out a statement on behalf of and prepared by the whole family at the Regimental HQ of Lee's unit, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers at Bury in Greater Manchester:
"What can we say about Lee, our hero, we are so so proud of Lee.
When Lee was born the family adored him, he was a precious gift given to us. Lee had a fiery temper when he was younger, I used to sit on him to calm him down till he got too big at 15, then he used to sit on me.
Lee's dream growing up was always to join the army which he succeeded in doing, he was dedicated and loved his job.
Lee adored and cared a lot for his family, he was very much a family man, looking out for his wife, young son Jack, younger sisters, whom in turn they looked up to him, he always had a banter with them but would never ever let any harm come to them.
He was over the moon being a dad and uncle, he adored them all."
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