27 May 2013

Slain soldier's family visit site of killing

2:52 pm on 27 May 2013

The family of Drummer Lee Rigby visited the scene of his slaying in London on Sunday afternoon laid flowers at Woolwich Barracks where he was based.

Drummer Rigby, 25, of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was run over and then attacked with machetes on Wednesday.

Two men arrested at the scene are in custody in hospital. The total number of arrests in the case is now nine.

Prayers were said for Drummer Rigby at All Saints and Martyrs Church, in Greater Manchester, where he grew up.

People of all faiths also attended a memorial service at St Peter The Apostle Church, Woolwich.

Family members arrived at the place where Drummer Rigby was killed, just before 12:40 BST.

The BBC reports they hugged and comforted each other as they looked as some of the thousands of floral tributes that have been left in his memory, before crossing the road to look at the exact spot where he was murdered.

One family member clutched a teddy bear, while others held baskets of flowers which they left at the scene. One woman tied a balloon with "dad" written across it.

They then spent a few moments in reflection, still clutching each other.

Prayers have also been said during a service at the town's St Mary Magdalene Parish Church, Woolwich.