'You will always have my heart. I know you will be my guardian angel': Devastated fiancée of murdered soldier Lee Rigby flies home from Afghanistan frontline to pay her own personal tribute
- Aimee West lays flowers at entrance to Woolwich barracks with friends
- Describes Lee Rigby as her 'guardian angel who'll always have my heart'
- Royal Military Policewoman flew back from Afghanistan to make tribute
- Drummer Rigby hacked to death in south-east London on Wednesday
By JOHN HUTCHINSON and MARK DUELL
PUBLISHED: 01:51, 26 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:08, 26 May 2013
Among the masses of flowers and poignant messages left in honour of murdered British soldier Lee Rigby, one very personal message was left yesterday.
Aimee West, who is Drummer Rigby's fiancée, laid flowers along with other mourners near the barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, as well as a handwritten note.
In it, she said that Rigby will 'always have her heart' and that he was her 'guardian angel', before signing it off as his 'Princess'.
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Emotional: Aimee West, the fiancee of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, steps forward to pay her own special tribute
Devastated: Miss West, 22, who had flown back to the UK from Afghanistan, wore a green hooded top as she took her time to read the tributes to her murdered partner
Note: Miss West left this message for Lee Rigby, saying he was her 'guardian angel' and she was his 'Princess'
Group: She was helped with the tribute by around 20 friends, who stood quietly as she paid her respects
Proposal: Miss West, 22, was wearing her engagement ring when she went to lay flowers for her late fiancé
Remembrance: The death has sparked a public outpouring of grief, with hundreds of bunches of flowers, teddy bears, poems and tributes to the father of one left near the scene of the crime by Woolwich Barracks
Miss West, 22, who had flown back to the UK from Afghanistan, wore a green hooded top and an engagement ring as she took her time to read the tributes to her murdered partner.
She was helped with the tribute by around 20 friends, who stood quietly as she paid her respects.
AIMEE'S TRIBUTE TO LEE
'My gorgeous, wonderful, loving fiance you will always have my heart and I know you will always be my guardian angel watching over me. Rest in peace baby. All my love forever and ever, your Princess xxxx'
The Sunday Mirror reported that she has told friends: 'Lee was the love of my life. I don’t know how I can go on without him.'
Rigby, 25, was killed last Wednesday near to his barracks in Woolwich, south-east London.
The two men who are alleged to have committed the crime, who have been identified as Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, remain in hospital after being shot by police after charging at officers in the aftermath.
A friend of Miss West, who serves as a Royal Military Policewoman, told the Sunday Mirror: 'They met about two years ago and he proposed to her recently. I don’t think she will ever take that ring off.
Raw: The emotion became all too much yesterday for murdered soldier Lee Rigby's fiancée Miss West, 22
Flowers: Miss West was said to have been with Drummer Rigby for two years, and he had recently proposed
Mourning: Miss West was joined by 20 friends and relatives as she looked at the tributes to Drummer Rigby
Helping her through: Miss West is comforted as she reads some of the tributes laid for Drummer Lee Rigby
Tears: Miss West wept uncontrollably while visiting the spot where Lee Rigby was brutally hacked to death
Death: Drummer Rigby, 25, was killed last Wednesday near to his barracks in Woolwich, south-east London
'They have been in regular contact with each other while she was away. She was in a terrible state when she was told about Lee. That visit to Woolwich was so important.'
'They met about two years ago and he proposed to her recently. I don’t think she will ever take that ring off'
Friend of Aimee West, Lee Rigby's fiancée
On Friday, machine gunner Rigby's mother Lyn, stepfather Ian and estranged wife Rebecca, took part in an similarly emotional press conference where they paid a glowing tribute to a man who 'would do anything for anybody.'
Mrs Rigby - with whom he had a two-year-old son, Jack - revealed last Friday that she and her husband were due to meet at the weekend to discuss their future, before his life was cut short.
His death has sparked a public outpouring of grief, with hundreds of bunches of flowers, teddy bears, poems and tributes to the father of one left near the scene of the crime by Woolwich Barracks.
Many of the tributes came from veterans, fellow service personnel and their families. One notecard left at the scene said: 'To a brave young soldier, God bless, rest in peace, from an old soldier.'
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