When was Lee Rigby killed and what happened? – The US Sun

May 22 marks the tenth anniversary of the brutal murder of British Army soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby.

The incident took place near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, and sent shockwaves across the country.

Lee Rigby was brutally murdered on May 22, 2013


Lee Rigby was brutally murdered on May 22, 2013

Who was Lee Rigby?

Fusilier Lee Rigby, 25, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, was a drummer in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

He had served in Cyprus, Germany and Afghanistan before becoming a recruiter with ceremonial duties at the Tower of London.

At the time of his death, he had separated from his wife Rebecca, the mother of his two-year-old son Jack, and was engaged to his fiancé, Aimee West.

Lee was supporting the charity Help 4 Heroes and was wearing a logoed hoodie when he was attacked outside his barracks in Woolwich, south-east London.

His family paid tribute to him on his 30th birthday on July 4, 2017.

Mum Lyn Rigby said she misses him “every hour, every day”.

She said: “My heart still bursts with pride every minute of his life.

“My flesh and blood and my beloved and only son.

“Nothing takes away the sadness of his loss or the horror of how he lost his life, but I have complete faith that he guides me in everything I do.”

His widow Rebecca tweeted: “We hope you [sic] They celebrate in style up there.

“Happy 30th Lee! Loved and missed forever.”

Who were Lee Rigby’s killers?

Both men are of Nigerian descent and were raised as Christians before converting to radical Islam.

Michael Adebolajo, 28 at the time of the attack, was a graduate student at the University of Greenwich.

He became involved with al-Muhajiroun, the banned extremist group led by hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

In 2010 he was deported along with five other people from Kenya to the UK, where he was suspected of wanting to train with the terrorist group al-Shabaab.

Michael Adebowale, then 22, is said to have been heavily influenced by the more energetic Adebolajo.

Not much is known about his upbringing, but he is said to have been the son of a probation officer and a member of the Nigerian High Commission, and also studied at the University of Greenwich.

In December 2013, both men were convicted of the murder of Lee Rigby.

Adebolajo received a lifetime tariff. He has been dubbed Britain’s most dangerous prisoner.

Adebowale was sentenced to at least 45 years in prison. In 2017, The Sun revealed he had been given a comfortable transfer to Broadmoor Hospital, costing taxpayers £250,000 a year.

On January 24, 2021, Adebowale, 29, was fighting for his life in hospital after contracting Covid-19.

Adebolajo has since stated that his actions on that fateful day were “misinterpreted” as a result of being brainwashed from the Koran.

The couple tried to have his sentence reduced, but this was rejected by the courts.

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

What happened to Lee Rigby at Woolwich on May 22, 2013?

Ten years ago, Lee was returning to Woolwich Barracks after working at the Tower of London when he was discovered by his killers in Wellington Street at around 2.20pm.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale had been circling the barracks in a blue Vauxhall Tigra for an hour in search of a victim.

As Lee crossed the street, the two spotted his Help 4 Heroes hoodie and mowed him down in the car.

The killers then jumped out of the vehicle and began stabbing and hacking at Lee’s body with knives and a meat cleaver, the attack being so violent that they nearly decapitated him.

They then dragged his body into the street, where brave passerby Ingrid Loyau-Kennett tried to protect him from further beatings.

Adebolajo urged viewers to call the police and urged them to film him as he broke into a tirade while his hands were soaked in Lee’s blood.

The couple waited for armed police to arrive and then rushed toward the patrol car, hoping to be martyred. They were both shot and injured.

He was killed on May 22, 2013, four years to the day after the Manchester terrorist attack.

Speaking to the families of the victims of the Manchester attack, Lee’s mother Lyn said: “We must fight terrorism together.”

And Lee’s father Phil McClure said the atrocity of the Manchester bombing made him “physically ill”.

Despite the harrowing incident, there was something positive about the ordeal.

Lee Rigby’s son Jack – who was two at the time of his father’s death – has raised £40,000 on behalf of the three-part charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Jack’s charity is aimed at helping other grieving children and “honoring” his father.

“It helps to know that I’m not alone in my situation and that there are people I can reach out to and talk to whenever I need them,” Jack said.


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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