Wife of Lee Rigby: Soldier's memory will live on

By Rob Virtue on December 19, 2013 2:46 PM |

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Rebecca Rigby has spoken out over her husband's death after the two men responsible were found guilty on Thursday.

The jury at the Old Bailey took just 90 minutes to reach a verdict on Michael Adebolajo, 29, of Romford in Essex, and Michael Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich.

They were on trial for the murder of Fusilier Rigby in Woolwich on May 22 this year as he made his way back to the barracks.

He had entered Tower Gateway DLR station at 1.35pm and travelled to Woolwich Arsenal DLR.

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As he crossed the road, the suspects, armed with a machete, knives and a gun with the aim of killing a member of the armed forces, drove their Vauxhall Tigra into Lee.

They had identified him as a serving soldier by his Help For Heroes t-shirt.

They then killed the fusilier as he lay injured on the floor.

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Speaking after the verdict Lee's wife Rebecca Rigby said: "I would like to thank everyone who has helped us to finally get justice for Lee.

"This has been the toughest time of our lives and no-one should have to go through what we have been through as a family.

"These people have taken away my baby's Dad but Lee's memory lives on through our son and we will never forget him.

"I now want to build a future for Jack and make him proud of his Dad like we all are."

Lee's mother Lyn said: "We would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support.

"We are satisfied that justice has been served; but unfortunately no amount of justice will ever bring Lee back. We now ask that we are left along to grieve for our loss."

Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, the head of the Met's Specialist Operations, added: "We are pleased that justice has been done. At this very difficult time, our thoughts are with Lee's family and all those who knew and loved him.

"This horrific attack, which took place in broad daylight on the streets of London, shocked the country and was intended to divide communities. It had largely the opposite effect and has, in fact, brought people together.

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It can now be reported that Adebolajo (pictured above left) and Adebowale (right) had earlier pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. However, they denied murder, as well as attempted murder of a police officer.

The duo were found guilty of murder but not guilty on the attempted murder charge.

Mr Justice Sweeney will sentence them in January.

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