Lee Rigby's mother calls for his image not to be used in 'divisive' posts against Black Lives Matter protests
4 June 2020, 15:51 | Updated: 4 June 2020, 16:38
Lee Rigby's mother has urged people to stop sharing "divisive" social media posts that use her son's image to fuel arguments against the Black Lives Matter protests.
Fusilier Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamic extremists outside his barracks in Woolwich in 2013.
His name began trending on Twitter earlier this week, as some opposed to the Black Lives Matter protests compared the reaction over his death to the response to George Floyd's death.
Mr Rigby's mother, Lyn, shared a post to the Lee Rigby Foundation's Facebook page, describing the posts as "extremely heartbreaking and distressing".
"As a foundation and a family we are aware of a number of posts using images of Lee and his murder in a divisive way to fuel arguments against the Black Lives Matter protests," she said.
"Seeing his image used to cause hate of any kind especially for those exercising their freedoms in protest against this issue hurts.
"We ask you all to please stop using his image and memory in such posts as he was a lover of all of humanity."
Ms Rigby said the posts were the "complete opposite to what Lee stood for", adding that the use of his name was hurting his "legacy and memory".
She also offered "thoughts and support" to George Floyd's friends and family.
Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man, died on 25 May in Minneapolis after a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
The main officer involved in his death, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree murder, while three other officers are accused of accused of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
The death has sparked widespread protests across the US, as well as in the UK and other European countries.
The killers of Lee Rigby, from Middleton in Greater Manchester, are serving life sentences after the father-of-one was killed on 22 May 2013.