Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SOLDIER SLAMS 'DEATH' CLAIMS; Naming on Internet Left Hero Sickened

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SOLDIER SLAMS 'DEATH' CLAIMS; Naming on Internet Left Hero Sickened

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Byline: KRYSTA EAVES krysta.eaves@eveninggazette.co.uk

A BRAVE Middlesbrough soldier says he was "sickened" to hear he had been named on the internet as the victim of a barbaric terrorist attack.

Private Lewis Murphy - who was recently awarded one of our country's highest bravery awards - S has told of his shock after being falsely identified as the soldier killed in Woolwich, south-east London.

Rumours circulated on social media sites yesterday naming the 25-year-old from Acklam as the soldier who was killed by two men wielding meat cleavers in front of horrified onlookers on Wednesday. The man who was killed has now been named as soldier Lee Rigby, a 25-year-old drummer from Greater Manchester. Pte Murphy, who serves with the Yorkshire Regiment, said the Army had been left shaken by the death of the young soldier. The former Acklam Grange pupil, who is engaged to Olivia Robbins, 25, said: "It's disgraceful what has happened. It's a tremendous loss. The Army is like a family and our thoughts go out to his family." Pte Murphy added that he was upset to find a number of Facebook memorial pages dedicated to himself only a few hours after Drummer Rigby's death. Pte Murphy, who featured in the Gazette on Wednesday as he is walking nearly 300 miles in memory of a comrade whose life he tried to save, said: "It's quite sick. One of my friends told me it was up there. I didn't believe them at first but when I checked it sickened me. "I updated my Facebook status straight away as I didn't want anyone to worry. I have no idea how they got up there or why. I'mdoing what I can to get them off." His mum Alison, dad Brian and sister Eilis, 18, were also shocked to hear of the memorial pages. Alison, a 48-year-old teaching assistant at Green Lane Primary School, said: "I don't think it was malicious, I just think it's stupid people not reading properly. …

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