Determined not to let a British soldier who had been violently attacked die alone on a London street Wednesday, a mother and daughter braved the suspected killers still standing nearby in order to stay by his side, the Daily Mirror reported.
Gemini Donnelly-Martin, 20, and mother Amanda Donnelly, 44, talked to one of the suspects and then tended to the victim, Drummer Lee Rigby, according to the Daily Mirror. They prayed and Amanda cradled him.
"We did what anyone would do," Gemini told the Mirror. "We just wanted to take care of the man. It wasn't brave. Anyone would have done it. It had to be done. They (the killers) said women could pass."
Another woman on the scene, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, gained public attention soon after Wednesday's incident for confronting the alleged attackers and keeping them calm until police arrived, according to reports. In a moment of defiance, she reportedly told them, “It is only you versus many people, you are going to lose.”
Some media have referred to the three as the "Angels of Woolwich," the London neighborhood where the brutal knife-and-cleaver murder took place.
Rigby, 25, was married with a 2-year-old son, and had served in Afghanistan.
The suspects, Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, 22, are charged with conspiracy to murder and remained under armed guard Friday in the hospital after being shot by police. Both suspects had been investigated previously for possible ties to terrorism.
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