The family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby gave a news conference on Friday (May 24) and said it had always been his dream to join the army.

"I just want to say that I love Lee, I always will and I'm proud to be his wife. He was due to come up this weekend so we could continue our future together as a family. He was a devoted father to our son Jackand we will both miss him terribly," said widow of Lee, Rebecca Rigby.

"Lee's dream when growing up was always to join the army which he succeeded in doing. He was dedicated and loved his job. Lee adored and cared a lot for all his family and he was very much a family man looking out for his wife, his young son Jack and his younger sisters who in turn looked up to him. He always had banter with them but would never let any harm come to them. He was over the moon being a dad and an uncle and he adored all his family, Lee was a man who loved people. He had many friends growing up in Middleton and on army duties all over the the world where he'd been sent. He believed life was for living and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him," said Lee's Step-father, Ian Rigby.