West Yorkshire communities pay tribute to slain soldier

lee rigbyBy Andreas Mullings

Tributes have been pouring in from communities in West Yorkshire for the soldier who was hacked to death in a terrorist attack in Woolwich.

Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, was married to Rebecca Metcalfe from Southowram, in St Anne’s Church, Halifax in September 2007. They are thought to have separated but have a two-year-old son Jack.

Halifax tweeter Kris Reidy said: “Can’t actually believe there [sic] from Halifax, the place I live, I can’t put into words how horrible this is.”

Halifax MP, Linda Riordan also paid tribute on Twitter: “My thoughts today are with the family, friends and loved ones of Lee Rigby. Halifax people and communities in shock and grief.”

Helena Green tweeted: “Can’t believe it’s Becky’s husband. Thoughts go out to the family. What a sick, sick world we live in.. R.I.P.”

Father Guy Jamieson, who conducted Drummer Rigby’s marriage ceremony, commented on the death: “We hear a lot about military tragedies overseas but the fact that it was in the street in a city makes it more horrific.”

Fr Jamieson extended his condolences to Drummer Rigby’s loved ones on behalf of the parish.

“Everyone will no doubt feel a lump in their throat at this news,” he said.

“You just feel terribly sad about it.

“I’d like to extend the sorrow of the people of St Anne’s to his immediate family, friends and military colleagues.

“This is an absolute tragedy.”

Lee Rigby was victim of a savage attack by two assailants armed with knives and meat cleavers on Wednesday.

The two suspects, who were known to security services, were under arrest in separate hospitals after being shot by police.

One of the two men has been identified as Michael Adeboloja, a 28-year-old Londoner of Nigerian descent.

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