When was Lee Rigby’s death, who were his killers and how old would the soldier be now?

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IT'S five years since the murder of Lee Rigby, and his mum has paid tribute to the fusilier on the important anniversary.

Here we take a look back at the brutal murder – an event which shocked the nation on May 22, 2013.

 Fusilier Lee Rigby was killed four years to the day before the Manchester terror attack at the Ariana Grande concertHenry Szymanski Fusilier Lee Rigby was killed four years to the day before the Manchester terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert

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, mum of his two-year-old son Jack,  and was engaged to his fiancee Aimee West.

Lee supported forces charity Help 4 Heroes and was wearing a branded hoodie when he was targeted outside his barracks in Woolwich, South East London.

His family paid tribute to him on what would have been 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 at every minute of his life.

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

“Nothing takes away the grief of losing him or the horror of how he lost his life but I truly believe he guides me in everything I am doing."

His widow, Rebecca, tweeted: “We hope your [sic] celebrating in style up there.

“Happy 30th Lee! Forever loved and missed.”

❤️❤️❤️We hope your celebrating in style up there. Happy 30th Lee! Forever loved and missed ❤️❤️❤️#leerigby pic.twitter.com/FWQNfs2PJB

— Rebecca Rigby (@beckyrigby2) July 4, 2017

 

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

Lee was returning to Woolwich barracks after working at the Tower when he was spotted by his killers in Wellington Street at around 2.20pm.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale had circled the barracks in a blue Vauxhall Tigra for an hour hunting for a victim.

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

The killers then leapt out of the vehicle and began stabbing and hacking at Lee's body with knives and a meat cleaver in an assault so fierce they almost decapitated him.

Then they dragged his body into the road, where brave passer-by Ingrid Loyau-Kennett tried to shield him from further blows.

Adebolajo told onlookers to call the police and urged them to film him as he launched into a rant, his hands soaked in Lee's blood.

The pair waited for armed cops to arrive, then charged at the patrol car hoping to be martyred. They were both shot and injured.

He was killed on May 22, 2013, which is exactly four years to the day of the Manchester terror attack.

Lee's mum Lyn reached out to the families of victims of the Manchester attack saying: "We must stand together against terrorism".

And Lee's dad Phil McClure said the Manchester bombing atrocity made him "feel physically sick".

 Michael Adebolajo, left, and Michael Adebowale, right, were sentenced to life in jail for the murder of Lee RigbyGetty Images Michael Adebolajo, left, and Michael Adebowale, right, were sentenced to life in jail for the murder of Lee Rigby

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