Lee Rigby's mother says she still speaks to him every day 10 years after his murder

Fusilier Lee Rigby, 25, was murdered 10 years ago near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, south east London.

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The mother of Lee Rigby has said she still talks to him every day on the tenth anniversary of his murder.

Fusilier Rigby, 25, was killed by two men near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, south east London, on 22 May 2013.

Ten years on from his murder, his mother Lyn spoke about the charity set up in his name to help bereaved military families.

She told ITV's Good Morning Britain on Monday: "I still speak to Lee, usually the night time when I get time to myself when everybody's gone to bed.

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Lyn Rigby spoke on the tenth anniversary of her son's murder. (ITV)
Lyn Rigby spoke on the tenth anniversary of her son's murder. (ITV)

"I'll sit, light a candle, look at Lee's picture and just talk away to him. Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry, sometimes I'm angry.

"I do it every single morning, when I open my eyes, I have a picture of Lee in my bedroom and I say good morning to Lee. That gives me a focus to get up and to carry out what I've got to do that day."

Lyn and Rigby's stepfather, Ian Rigby, set up the Lee Rigby Foundation in 2016, with the goal of providing support for bereaved military families.

They are planning to form a network of static caravans across the UK so families can receive support while having a holiday break.

Mrs Rigby said: "It's mainly for the mums and dads to talk to each other and express the grief they're going through, knowing that the support is there for each other.

Lee Rigby in April 2011 with his son Jack. (PA)
Lee Rigby in April 2011 with his son Jack. (PA)

"Lee would want me to do this, and carrying on in Lee's name for the bereaved families because he always took the bereaved families to his heart.

"I think Lee would be proud of what we're doing."

Mrs Rigby said there is "always an empty chair there for Lee at the dining table" at family occasions.

She said her favourite memory of Lee was hugging him after he threw a box of Coco Pops down the stairs when he was three years old.

"Lee was a very gentle soul," she said. "He wasn't perfect. He had his awkward sides and his stubborn sides, but he had a heart of gold, he would help anybody. He would always put people first."

At the time of his death, Rigby had a two-year-old son, Jack, with his ex-wife and was engaged to be married to another woman.

People look at some of the thousands of floral and other tributes left in honour of murdered 25-year-old British soldier Lee Rigby, at the scene near Woolwich Barracks in London, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Two men attacked and killed the off-duty soldier in broad daylight, Wednesday, May 22. They were shot by police and arrested on suspicion of murder. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Tributes left to Fusilier Lee Rigby where he was murdered near Woolwich Barracks in London in May 2013. (AP Photo)
Lee Rigby family make statement just after Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are found guilty of murder at Old Bailey.
Lyn Rigby, the mother of Lee Rigby, outside the Old Bailey in London in December 2013 after his killers were convicted of his murder. (PA)

His son has raised more than £40,000 for charity this month in honour of his father.

Jack, now 12, took part in Scotty's May Marathon, a challenge to complete 26.2 miles throughout the month.

He is raising funds on behalf of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity which has supported him and other children and young people aged up to 25, who are grieving the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.

Rigby was off duty when he was murdered by extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale ten years ago.

Adebolajo was given a whole-life prison sentence and Adebowale was jailed for a minimum of 45 years.