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Lee Rigby murder trial: 'No amount of justice will ever bring Lee back' - family

Lee Rigby's family have said that they are "satisfied" that justice has been done.

His wife Rebecca Rigby said: "I would like to thank everyone who has helped us to finally get justice for Lee.

"This has been the toughest time of our lives and no one should have to go through what we have been through as a family.

"These people have taken away my baby's dad, but Lee's memory lives on through our son and we will never forget him.

"I now want to build a future for Jack and make him proud of his Dad like we all are."

His mother Lyn added: "We would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support.

"We are satisfied that justice has been served, but unfortunately no amount of justice will ever bring Lee back. We now ask that we are left along to grieve for our loss."

Theresa May welcomes killers' convictions

Home Secretary Theresa May has said the murder of soldier Lee Rigby "united the entire nation in condemnation".

She was among a range of politicians, campaigners and faith groups to pay tribute to Fusilier Rigby and denounce the actions of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

Mrs May said: "The sickening and barbaric murder of Drummer Lee Rigby united the entire nation in condemnation and I welcome the jury's decision.

"But we must not forget that this appalling and public act of violence and terror also robbed his family and loved ones of a brave, young man with his life ahead of him. My thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

"Violence and extremism of any kind have absolutely no place in our society and cannot be justified. In the wake of Lee Rigby's murder, the Prime Minister set up the Extremism Task Force, which recently announced new measures to tackle extremism and radicalism across the UK.

"We have some of the toughest counter-terrorism laws in the democratic world and we are resolute in our determination to counter the threats to our way of life posed by extremist behaviour and ideologies."

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: "This was a vile and sickening attack on an unarmed and innocent man on the streets of London and our thoughts remain with the family, friends and colleagues of Lee Rigby on a day when his murderers have been found guilty.

"The police and security services have worked tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice.

"The message from this court case, from the community in Woolwich and from us all is that acts of barbaric cruelty will do nothing to diminish our resolve to stand up to extremism in all its forms.

"The local community, and people across the country, have refused to allow murderers and extremists to divide us."

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The murder of Lee Rigby was barbaric, heinous and completely unjustifiable.

"Fusilier Rigby was a dedicated and professional young man whose life was taken in the most casual, brazen and horrific fashion, in broad daylight on the streets of London.

"This is a city that prides itself on tolerance, diversity and openness, values that stand in marked contrast to the actions of Lee's killers.

"Lee's courage, and that of those members of the public who sought to protect him, as well as the extraordinary bravery of the police officers involved are what we should remember today."

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