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Lee Rigby’s fiancee marries nine years after Fusilier was brutally killed outside Woolwich Barracks

Lee Rigby’s fiancee finds love again and ties the knot nine years after he was brutally murdered by extremists – as late soldier’s family say she ‘deserves’ to be happy

  • Lee Rigby’s fiancee married in a ceremony last week, nine years after his death
  • Aimee West, 31, was in Afghanistan when Rifleman Rigby was killed in Woolwich
  • They met in Welsh training camp in 2012 and were engaged just a year later
  • Fusilier Rigby was mowed down and hacked to death in broad daylight in May

Lee Rigby’s fiancee has tied the knot nine years after her world came crashing down when her lover was brutally hacked to death in broad daylight.

Aimee West was 3,500 miles away at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan when she learned her fiancé had been killed in front of horrified onlookers near Woolwich Barracks.

British-born Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale mowed down Fusilier Rigby in a car as he was walking towards the barracks in a Help For Heroes hoodie, before hacking him to death with knives.

But almost a decade on and personal trainer Aimee, 31, rekindled her romantic spark and married sound engineer Simon Jackson-Lyall, 32, in a ceremony last week.

Sharing a picture to his Instagram with a glass of champagne, Simon wrote of his new wife: ‘Married the love of my life yesterday. What an amazing whirlwind of a day!’

Aimee West (right), 31, tied the knot nine years after her world came crashing down after Lee Rigby was brutally hacked to death in broad daylight. She is pictured above outside the Old Bailey in 2013

Aimee West was 3,500 miles away at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan when she learned her fiance had been killed in front of horrified onlookers near Woolwich Barracks.  Aimee West is pictured with her fiance Lee Rigby in 2012

Aimee West was 3,500 miles away at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan when she learned her fiance had been killed in front of horrified onlookers near Woolwich Barracks. Aimee West is pictured with her fiance Lee Rigby in 2012

Members of Lee’s family were said to be delighted at the news, reports The Sun.

One friend reportedly said: ‘Aimee’s a beautiful, kind and loving young woman which is why Lee loved her so much.

‘He wouldn’t want her to be sad forever. If anyone deserves to be happy again, it’s Aimee.’

Ms West met Fusilier Rigby, a machine gunner in the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, at an Army Cadets training camp in Wales in August 2012 and a year later they were engaged.

Adebolajo and Adebowale claimed the heinous act on May 22, 2013 was revenge for the killing of Muslims by British armed forces.

They were both jailed for life and lost appeals to reduce their sentence.

Ms West met Fusilier Rigby, a machine gunner in the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, at an Army Cadets training camp in Wales in August 2012 and a year later they were engaged

Ms West met Fusilier Rigby, a machine gunner in the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, at an Army Cadets training camp in Wales in August 2012 and a year later they were engaged

Killer Michael Adebolajo was given a whole life term for Lee Rigby's murder.  He is serving his sentence at HMP Woodhill, near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

Michael Adebowale (pictured), the killer of soldier Lee Rigby

British-born Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale mowed down Fusilier Rigby in a car as he was walking towards the barracks in a Help For Heroes hoodie, before hacking him to death with knives

She was serving in Afghanistan at the time, but was immediately flown back to Britain on compassionate grounds and was photographed tearfully placing a bouquet of flowers outside Woolwich Barracks and being comforted by colleagues.

After the sentencing, Miss West said: ‘I hope that this is the last we will hear from them both, so that I can focus on rebuilding my life and keeping Lee’s memory alive.’

Remembering him after his death, she said: ‘As soon as he turned up, everyone knew he was there because he was energetic and fast-paced, and like nobody else I ever met.’

Following Fusilier Rigby’s death, Miss West quit the Army and returned to university where she studied to be a lawyer.

She later set up the Lee Rigby Fund as part of the Soldiers’ Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association.

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