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Remembering Fusilier Lee Rigby


On the afternoon of 22 May 2013, a British Army soldier, Fusilier Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was attacked and killed by Islamist terrorists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London.

He was murdered in broad daylight by Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, after first being hit by a car then attacked with knives.

Ten years after the brutal killing of Lee Rigby, his son, who was just a toddler at the time of his death, has spoken about the pride he feels for his father for the first time.

Lee Rigby’s now 12-year-old son was so shocked when the British soldier was brutally murdered that he did not talk for months.

The youngster this week used his first interview since the killing to explain his goal of wanting to raise money for bereaved military children. He is now completing a marathon over the course of this month to raise £10,000 for Scotty's Little Soldiers.

“I want to raise £1,000 for every year my dad has been gone and would absolutely love to raise £10,000 for the 10-year anniversary,” he said.

On his Scotty’s Little Soldiers fundraising page, where he has now already raised more then £40,000, Jack writes that the anniversary of his dad’s death is “never easy”.

“But this year feels even harder for some reason,” he said of this 10th year.

What happened to the two killers?

Both were handed life sentences, Adebowale was given a minimum of 45 years and Adebolajo - the older of the two - was handed a whole life order without the possibility of release.

Both attempted to reduce their sentences but were rejected by the courts.

In June 2018 Adebolajo said he regretted his actions saying he had "misinterpreted" the Quran and was brainwashed.

Rigby's mother said she would never forgive him.

In 2022, it was reported Adebolajo was banned from attending yoga classes while in prison over fears he would spread extremism among inmates.