Rigby fam­ily of­fer their con­do­lences

Middleton Guardian - - ARENA BOMB TERROR -

THE fam­ily of Fusilier Lee Rigby have of­fered their con­do­lences to friends and rel­a­tives of the vic­tims of the Manch­ester Arena terror at­tack.

It hap­pened four years ago to the day Fusilier Rigby, a 25-year-old dad-ofone from Mid­dle­ton, was knifed to death by ex­trem­ists Michael Ade­bo­lajo and Michael Ade­bowale out­side his army bar­racks in Wool­wich, south-east London.

In a state­ment re­leased by the Lee Rigby Foun­da­tion, a char­ity set-up in his mem­ory, mum Lyn said: “My heart goes out to all the fam­i­lies af­fected by the ter­ror­ist at­tack at Manch­ester Arena. On the fourth an­niver­sary of Lee’s death I have been taken back to how we felt as a fam­ily as events un­folded via the media in front of our eyes.

“Feel­ing out of con­trol, help­less, pan­icked, every par­ent’s worst nightmare. Wait­ing for con­fir­ma­tion Lee was in­volved.

“On an evening when fam­i­lies were out en­joy­ing them­selves, some par­ents find them­selves now in the same sit­u­a­tion.

“Whole fam­i­lies af­fected for­ever. We must stand to­gether against ter­ror­ism.”

Fusilier Rigby’s un­cle Ray Dut­ton, a coun­cil­lor in Hey­wood, said: “On be­half of the Lee Rigby fam­ily I’d like to of­fer our con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of all the vic­tims and the peo­ple in­jured last night. No-one knows more than we do the pain and the suf­fer­ing they must be go­ing through now.

“It sad­dens us as a fam­ily that yet again it is the youth of our com­mu­nity who have been tar­geted in this way. While this comes as a shock it is not a sur­prise.

“We were told four years ago that this threat was not go­ing to go away and I said at the time that the co­coon of safety we had been liv­ing in was now gone.

“This is just a way of life now and it is dif­fi­cult to see how an at­tack like last night can be stopped. In­ci­dents like this do test your faith, but Manch­ester will get over this. We will sur­vive.”

On Sun­day the fourth an­niver­sary of Lee’s bru­tal mur­der was marked at a ser­vice in his home town.

Mem­bers of mo­tor­bike club the Rigby Guardians travel from across the coun­try each year in mem­ory of the tragic sol­dier. More than 100 peo­ple turned out for the an­nual event.

Lee Rigby

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