May 23rd, 2013
03:39 PM ET

Slain UK soldier was dad, drummer

The British soldier slain in a gruesome cleaver attack in London was a well-liked infantryman and machine gunner who served in Afghanistan and Cyprus, and then became a military recruiter and ceremonial drummer outside the Royal Palaces, the military said Thursday.

Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, was part of the Regimental Recruiting Team in London, and as a machine gunner, he was part of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

The Fusiliers, an infantry group, are known for the hackle, or feather plume, in their military headdress.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The messages concerning terrorism and violence in England and Sweden could well be perceived by US citizens as angels of thought.

    May 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    USA citizens can learn important lessons from recent events in England and Sweden.

    May 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      You are right JIF but im still upset that police officer did not kill those brutal pigs. Better target training for Scottland Yard "gun police".

      May 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doubtful

      I'm not sure we actually learn anything. It sure doesn't look like it from here.

      May 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Shiz

      Dead terrorists don't give Intel. And you can't win wars without it.

      May 24, 2013 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. rbwphd

    Its too bad that the UK doesn't have the death penalty anymore.

    May 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    My condolences to the family of this soldier.RIP
    good that the perp was shot to death on the spot.

    May 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    This past decade has witnessed tens of thousands of innocent people including women & children killed. God help & guide humanity. Appears we cannot cope up with ourselves unassisted.

    May 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Shiz

      If you count all the was in the world In the past 10 years it's more like a couple million.

      May 24, 2013 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Indeed@Big Shiz.
    but the voracious appetite for perpetual wars hungers for more.

    May 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rupert

    Let us kill and burn all muslims on memorial day. YAHOO!

    May 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ rupert you are a true IDIOT!

    May 27, 2013 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |