UPDATE: 5/29/13, 7:35 CDT LONDON (AP) -- Police say they have charged a 22-year-old man with murdering a British soldier last week in a brazen attack in broad daylight.
Police said late Wednesday that Michael Adebowale was charged with Lee Rigby's murder and with possession of a gun. He will appear in court on Thursday.
Rigby, 25, was struck by a car and then stabbed by two men near his barracks in southeast London. An autopsy showed he died from multiple cuts and stab wounds after he was hit, police said Wednesday.
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's military says the soldier brutally murdered in a suspected terrorist attack was a popular drummer and machine gunner, a father, and a passionate fan of Manchester United.
The Ministry of Defense identified him Thursday as 25-year-old Lee Rigby, of the 2nd Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
It says he joined the army in 2006, and was posted in Cyprus, Afghanistan and Germany before becoming a recruiter, assisting with duties in the Tower of London.
Capt. Alan Williamson, the adjutant of the 2nd Fusiliers, calls Rigby "a cheeky and humorous man, always there with a joke to brighten the mood."
He says the loss of Rigby "will be felt across the battalion, but this is nothing compared to how his family must be feeling." Rigby had a 2-year-old son, Jack.