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Family of slain soldier Lee Rigby hails public for support

By Kim Pilling

The family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has thanked the public for their "overwhelming support" ahead of his funeral today, and said his death had united the country.

Fusilier Rigby's mother, stepfather and widow said good wishes had flooded in from around the globe and across all religions in the past seven weeks.

The 25-year-old had become "a hero" and the intentions of his killers had "backfired", said his stepfather Ian.

His widow Rebecca (30) said: "There are so many kind and generous people out there. It's just horrible that it takes something such as this to make you see how many good people there are."

Fusilier Rigby, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, was killed as he returned to Woolwich barracks from the Tower of London on May 22.

Michael Adebolajo (28) and Michael Adebowale (22) have been charged with the murder of Fusilier Rigby.

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