Soldier Lee Rigby’s wife in tearful tribute to “devoted father”

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By Leeds Northern reporters

The wife of the soldier killed in a terrorist attack in London has told how he was due to return home to spend this weekend with her and their two-year-old son Jack.

Rebecca Rigby, originally from Southowram near Halifax, said: “I love Lee and always will. I am proud to be his wife and he was due to come up this weekend so we could continue our future together as a family.”

Drummer Rigby, 25, from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was hacked to death in broad daylight on Wednesday afternoon in Woolwich, south-east London.

Mrs Rigby, sobbing back tears, added: “He was a devoted father to our son Jack and we will both miss him terribly.”

Asked about the shock of the attack being on British soil, she added: “You don’t expect it to happen when he’s in the UK. You think they’re safe.

“His proudest moments were serving in London on the ceremonials with the drum corps.”

Two suspects were shot and arrested at the scene and remain in police custody.

Father Guy Jamieson conducted the ceremony when Drummer Rigby married Rebecca Metcalfe at St Anne-in-the-Grove Church, Southowram, in September 2007.

He said: “It’s a combination of feeling sickened and a whole wealth of other emotion really.

“I think most of us are still coming to terms with the manner of the killing.”

In a video interview, Fr Jamieson spoke of his reaction to the tragedy, his memories of Drummer Rigby’s wedding day, and also talked about he hopes the community in Halifax unites rather than using the killing as a reason to vent anger and hatred…

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